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Horace Walter Lucas (1892-1918) - Pte 32359 7 th  Bn Royal Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh’s)    Horace   Walter   Lucas    was   born   on   the   19 th    June   1892,   the   son   of   Vashti   Lucas   (nee   Brackpool)   and   Jesse   Lucas   in   Hartley   Witney   in Hampshire   and,   through   the   remarriage   of   his   widowed   mother,   became   part   of   the   Miles   family   of   Valewood,   and   stepbrother   to   Jesse Miles. By   1915   Horace   was   a   motor   driver   living   at   Mounters   Cottage   in   Itchingfield   and   this   was   the   address   that   he   gave   when   he   married Ethel Rose Smith in St Nicholas Church in the August of that year. Horace   and   Ethel   moved   to   Brighton   after   their   marriage   and   it   was   there   that   he   signed   up.   Although   a   note   on   his   entry   in      “Soldiers Died   in   the   Great   War”   states   formerly   “3328   Middlesex   Regiment”   this   was   likely   a   temporary   training   placement   as   it   appears   from   the medal   roll   that   he   served   with   the   7 th    Battalion   The   Royal   Wiltshire   Regiment   as   Pte   32359   throughout   his   service.   This   being   the   case   he would have seen action in the Salonica (now Thessalonica) campaign as well as in France. According   to   the   Regimental   Museum’s   official   website   the   7 th    were   in   Salonica   from   late   1915   until   June   1918,   fighting   trench   warfare against   the   Bulgar   armies.   Although   the   fighting   was   occasionally   fierce   and   there   were   casualties,   a   bigger   enemy   was   disease, particularly malaria, and many men were lost to this. Horace   survived   however   and   was   with   the   Battalion   when   they   joined   the   50 th    Division   near   Dieppe   in   July   1918.   On   the   3 rd October they   took   up   a   position   near   Epehy,   near   the   Somme   and   attacked   the   following   day   taking   152   prisoners.   A   further   attack   on   the   6 th    was not successful as the Battalion were held up by barbed wire and sustained casualties of 5 Officers and 217 Other Ranks. A   period   in   reserve   followed   but   by   the   17 th    October   they   were   back   in   action   supporting   The   Royal   Fusiliers   and   The   King’s   Royal   Rifle Corps   near   Quennelet   Grange   south   east   of   Le   Cateau.   It   was   in   this   action   that   Horace   was   killed.   The   War   Diary   gives   no   details   but   the entry   for   the   18 th    states   0530.   Battalion   attacked   and   captured   enemy   line   Q18.a   and   Q18.d.   Casualties   during   the   period   11.10.18   to 18.10.18:- 6 Officers, 99 OR. Captures: - PRISONERS 123 MACHINE GUNS Numerous but not counted .” Horace   was   one   of   the   “99   Other   Ranks”   casualties   and   is   buried   at   Pommereuil   British   Cemetery   near   Le   Cateau.   He   is   remembered   on the Itchingfield War Memorial and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals for his service.
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