Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Sergeant Nehemiah Baron, 8th Battalion, the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), was killed in action during the battle of Delville Wood.
After leaving school he was employed as a weaver at the Lewis Brothers’ Springfield Mill in Blackburn, and later fought in the Boer Wars. A few weeks after the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment, the 8th Battalion having been formed on the 12th of September in 1914. They landed at Boulogne on the 30th of August in 1915, and saw their first major action at the Battle of Loos in September of 1915, during which they suffered heavy casualties. Thirteen of the twenty-five officers were killed, of those remaining eleven were wounded. Out of eight hundred men in other ranks, less than two hundred and fifty had not been killed our wounded. The battalion was present during the gas attacks at Wulvergheim, in 1916, when the Germans released cloud gas in the municipality of Heuvelland near Ypres.
Later in 1916 Sergeant Baron saw action during the Battle of Delville Wood. In the days before his death the fighting has been described as vicious. Sergeant Baron was killed in action as the final stage of the battle began. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Nehemiah, from Blackburn, was 38 years old and married with three children.