Today we remember …
|Battle of the Somme
7th October 1916. Walter Birch. G Social, 1905. Capt., 6th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. Killed in action at Le Sars.
Walter Birch was a superb sportsman who represented the school at cricket, soccer and Fives. After Radley he went to Oriel College, Oxford. At the outbreak of the War he enlisted in the City of London Territorials. He obtained a commission in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in August, 19I4. He went to France in May, 1915, but was wounded in the following August, losing the sight of one eye. He was mentioned in dispatches on January 1916. He went out to the Front again in September 1916.
His major wrote:
He was killed in action leading his company with the greatest gallantry. He was a fearless officer, and when he was shot he was right ahead of his company and leading them splendidly, and was a fine example. Just before reaching the German trench he was slightly hit by a machine-gun bullet and fell into a shell-hole. On attempting to rise a sniper must have seen him, and shot him in the head.