Private 28719 Victor Harold Warren

Died of Wounds on Saturday, 18th May 1918, age 24.
Buried in Grave LXVIII. B. 22. at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

1st Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 10th Brigade of 4th Division.

Son of Mrs Russell, of 2, back of 267, Ladywood Rd., Birmingham. Native of Birmingham.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/506835/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Victor Harold Warren registered June quarter 1893 in Dudley.

1901 Census
115 Tennant Street, Birmingham.
Mary Russell (60, Widow, born Birmingham), her daughter Ellen (15, Pin Maker, born Birmingham), and Victor Warren (8, Adopted Son, born Great Bridge).

1911 Census
56 Ladywood Road, Birmingham.
Mary Russell (70, Widow, born Birmingham), Victor Harold Warren (18, Boarder, Brass Finisher, born Great Bridge), plus 3 other Boarders.

Personal Data

After Victor's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £8/7/5d (8 pounds, 7 shillings and 5 pence); this was paid to his sole legatee, Miss Polly Gittens, in August 1918. His War Gratuity was £5/0/0d (5 pounds exactly), this was also paid to Miss Polly Gittens in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Victor had enlisted in approximately February 1917.

Action resulting in his death

Victor Warren died at the 26th General Hospital in Etaples, so it is not known when or where he was wounded. During April and May 1918, the 1st Royal Warwicks lost most heavily on 15th April in a counter-attack on Pacault Wood, when many injuries were caused by our own artillery falling short. In the same area on 9th May, the Battalion was subject to a gas attack. Victor's wounds may have been as a result of either of these, or just the regular background toll of injuries from the daily attrition. Victor is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.

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