100 years ago: a WWI death

Horace George Walne was killed instantly by a shell during the Battle of Arras on 11 April, 1917. He was one of three men of the name Walne killed during the First World War, and his death came six months after that of his cousin, Sapper Thomas Hope Walne.

Horace was 27 and from Kettleburgh, Suffolk. Horace had been in the territorial force well before war broke out, and saw action in Gallipoli before being sent to a cadet battalion and assigned to the 2nd Bn Suffolk Regiment in France as Second Lieutenant.

Horace is buried at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines.  His name appears on the Kettleburgh war memorial.

We will remember them.

Further details will be published in future posts.

Update: Members of my family recently visited Arras on the anniversary of Horace’s death. Horace is one of 120 soldiers remembered in an exhibition organised by Carrière Wellington Museum, Arras 100 years after his death. A photograph appears below (credit L. Last).

Horace Walne


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