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Photo curtesy of Phil Curme
Phil Curme, noted British historian and Walker of Battlefields, on a recent visit to the Somme , placed a small wooden cross at the grave of my father British Sergeant Reginald Bareham at Ovillers Military Cemetery, France.

One of the best sources of information about the attack of the 11th Suffolks, is John Garth’s, Tolkien and the Great War. J.R.R. Tolkien, Oxford scholar, later famous for his Lord of the Rings, participated with another unit in the Somme Campaign.

However, Robert Quilter Gilson, a Cambridge scholar and his close friend, served as a lieutenant in the 11th Suffolks, and Garth’s book contains dozens of references to this battalion, in which my father served. Both my father and Gilson were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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