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Guardsman 11743 Richard Follows

1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards.
Killed in Action: France and Flnders 25th January 1915 aged 22

  • Buried: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. Grave ref XXV.B.1
  • Awarded: 1915 Star (in Silver), British War and Victory Medals
  • Son of Richard and Ann Follows
  • Brother of Guardsman 11742 Arthur Follows
  • Brother to Florrie, Ada, Bertha, Lizzie, Henry, Samuel, Elsie and Edith

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1911 Census and Family History Information

  • Born c1893 in Brownhills
  • Employed as a coal miner/hewer
  • Lived at Sunny Bank, Ansley [1911]

    Circumstances of His Death (Extract)
    At 0630 on the 25th January 1915 near the village of Givenchy a German deserter stated to an officer commanding a Company of the Scots Guards that in an hour the enemy would begin a bombardment, and then fire mines blowing up the British trenches, after which there would be an assault.

    At 0730 that morning heavy fire broke out along the front, the German attacks commencing with the explosion of a mine in the trench held by No. 4 Company of the Coldstream Guards under Captain Campbell.  The first line of trenches were consequently rushed by the Germans... Read more by clicking here.

    Richard and Arthur Fellows were both killed, side by side, in this action on the 25th January 1915 and are now buried in Cabaret-Rouge British cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais.

    Richard and Arthur Follows enlisted together, served together, were killed together and now lie buried together.  They lie in plot XXV Row B, with Arthur in plot B1, Richard B2, an unknown soldier of the Coldstream Guards in B3, Private William Facey Coldstream Guards killed in action on the 25th January in B4 and Private Thomas Tudball again killed in action on the 25th January in B5.
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