• Christina Drummond

Lieutenant William Hamo Vernon, 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Lieutenant William Hamo Vernon, 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), was reported as missing in action, presumed killed, during the Battle of Le Transloy Ridges on the Somme. He had been educated at Bilton Grange & Sedbergh Schools and Cambridge University, and was the middle child of seven, with three brothers who also enlisted, all of whom survived the war. He had been a Cadet and joined the regiment in January of 1915 from the Cambridge University Contingent, Senior Division, Officers Training Corps, gazetted as a Second Lieutenant and was gazetted as Lieutenant with precedence as from 1st June, 1916, in March of 1917. His Battalion lost five officers and fifty-four other ranks on the day that he was declared missing. The Battle of Le Transloy was to commence two days earlier but had to be postponed due to poor weather; the British endeavoured to capture the German trenches to the east of the village of Lesboeufs and then establish a line on the forward slopes of the Transloy Ridges. It was during this time that Lieutenant Vernon was presumed killed, his body never found. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, and his parents donated a church organ to St.Mary's Church in East Barnet in his memory, and it is still in use today. William, of Pembury in Kent, was 21 years old.

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