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Eamonn Welch wrote in July 2017:

Pte James Welch, commemorated on the Brentford War Memorial, was my grandfather's uncle. He was killed in action in front of the Goodman Redoubt (the ruins of the Chateau de Pommery) near Savy (west of St Quentin) during the German Kaiserschlacht (Spring Offensive) on 22nd March, 1918, serving with 17th Battalion The Manchester Regt.

He was probably buried by the Germans using captured British soldiers, however, the above-ground burial markers were destroyed by artillery when the British advanced over the same ground later that year. He is now probably buried in an unknown Manchester Regt soldier's grave at Savy Quarry cemetery and is also commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. It had been less than 6 months between being called-up and being killed. He left 5 sons and a wife.


Page published July 2017