Pte Henry Marriner 18464

Pte Henry Marriner 18464

Postby Deanomarr » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:58 am

Hi chaps, I've recently discovered that a great uncle of mine served and died in WWI. Pte Henry Marriner (Mariner on the index) served in 1st Battalion, from 10/6/1915 until his death on 1/7/1916. I've found medal roll index cards which show he was entitled to the 15Star and the British and Victory medals, but alas his service records appear to be amongst the missing 60%. If anyone could help me I'd love to find out where he was during this time and where and when he was killed. He's listed on the Thiepval memorial, so I'm assuming he is listed as missing and in an unmarked grave. Any information would be of huge interest. Many thanks.
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Re: Pte Henry Marriner 18464

Postby plbramham » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:03 am

Hi , I'm guessing that you already have this info from the CWGC? ( note Marriner with three "r" s )
MARRINER, HENRY
Rank:Private
Service No:18464
Date of Death:01/07/1916
Age:36
Regiment/Service:Border Regiment,1st Bn.
Panel Reference:Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C.
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:Son of Henry and Anne Jane Marriner, of 14, High Row, Usworth Colliery, Co. Durham.

You should be able to obtain detailed movements of 1st Btn by viewing the relevant war diary. If 1st Btn for your dates have been published online now, some war diaries are available to download as a PDF from the National archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline .
The last time I used it I think it was about £3.50-£4.50 to download.
Of course there's always "The Border Regiment In The Great War" book by H. C. Wylly. The history of all battalions of the regiment throughout World War I originally published in 1924, now reprinted in paperback by Naval and Military Press
Being a 1/7/16 "First Day of the Somme" casualty, you could also read the book of that title by Middlebrook, and there are countless other books about that specific day and the events immediately before and after.
Hope this is of help, Paul
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