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Bertie Reginald 773 Gotts #038

Bertie Reginald 773

14148 Private in the 1st Norfolk Regt.

Bertie joined the 1st Norfolks in August 1914, but does not appear to join the regiment in France until April 1915. The Battalion had been based in Holywood, Belfast, went to France in August 1914 and was involved in many of the key battles.

He was wounded twice: gunshot chest wound and chlorine gas in May 1915, and a shrapnel face wound in 1916. The Norfolk Regimental Museum has provided us with this from the Norfolk Regiment Casualty and Sickness Book, p.35A

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Battle of High Wood

Between June and September 1916 the 1st Norfolks were fighting at High Wood, North East of Albert, a very hard and long part of the Battle of the Somme. This is the most likely the place where he was wounded.

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Photo and information c/o Chuck Newyar

 Private B.R. Gotts no.14148: 1 Battalion

Gunshot wound chest & gas fumes,

Australian Hospital, Wimereux, France, 7.6.1916,

Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, 4.8.1916. (ie back home until recovered)

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