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Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France
First Name: Walter Last Name: HERSEY
Date of Death: 03/11/1914 Lived/Born In: Spitalfields
Rank: Gunner Unit: Royal Field Artillery 46th Battery
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Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France


The exact circumstances of the death of Walter Hersey on 3rd November, 1914, are not known but artillery men faced many dangers and during the course of the war nearly 50,000 of them were killed. Their gun batteries were targeted by the enemy’s guns which accounted for many of their casualties. Others were sent forward to act as ‘spotters’ which meant going forward to the front line and signalling back to the guns necessary changes in target and other vital information. Keeping the batteries supplied with ammunition was a dangerous task as the enemy guns would target the known supply routes, especially at night. Brigade Diaries rarely shine any light on casualties sustained, unless of course they were officers and even then information is sparse.

There is no record of a 46th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery so presumably this is an error and Walter Hersey was serving in some other unit.

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