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The news 100 years ago: 28th September - 4th October 1918

Thursday 27 September 2018

We remember three Old Salopians whose centenary of death in World War 1 falls this week.

Major Percival Thomas Priestley, 25th Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps.
Moser’s, left in 1906 for Birmingham University as a medical student. He went to the Front in August 1914.

He died of influenza in Greece, 28th September 1918, aged 30.
He is buried at Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave 1535

Second Lieutenant Robert Edward Holt Leech, 1st/4th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
Bennett’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1916. From the spring to the autumn of 1918 he was engaged in battles on the Southern Line in France. During the critical engagements in the Champagne he was with his battalion when, for its splendid fighting qualities and successes, it was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm Leaf.

These documents provide details of what was actually inscribed on an individual’s headstone. Their main purpose was to help manage the enormous programme of headstone production and engraving embarked on by the Commission.

He was killed in action in France, 30th September 1918, aged 21.
He is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, France. Grave III. J. 26.

Captain Frederick Wystan Hipkins MC, 6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
Churchill’s, left in 1904 and became an architect. Enlisting first, he was later commissioned on 2nd Juy 1915. He served for three years on the Front and was awarded the MC posthumously, following the capture of Bellenglise.

His battalion formed part of the 46th Division, which had won undying laurels in the series of attacks on the Germans at St Quentin. His commanding officer wrote: “in the decisive action by which Nord Canal was carried on 29th Sept, Captain Hipkins did some magnificent work which received official recognition after his career was so unhappily cut short a few days later. At the time of his death he was attempting to secure a nest of 20 machine guns.”

He was killed in action in France, 3rd October 1918, aged 32.
He is buried at Bellicourt British Cemetery, France. Grave II. O. 2.

Captain Frederick Wystan Hipkins MC. Photos courtesy of Michael Briggs

Captain Frederick Wystan Hipkins MC. Photos courtesy of Michael Briggs

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