Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Lance Corporal Richard Louis Whittington Bartlett, 22nd Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers, was reported as missing in action, presumed killed on the Somme.
Before the outbreak of the Great War, Lance Corporal Bartlett worked at the London Stock Exchange. His battalion was raised in September of 1914 and posted to France just over a year later, where it served on the Somme from July, 1916, to March, 1917.. A fellow soldier in the battalion was the author H.H. Munro, who wrote under the name of Saki.
On the day of his death, Lance Corporal Bartlett’s company was involved in a major assault in the Miraumont area of the River Ancre. They were to attack the East Miraumont Road at Hill 130. The ground had been frozen but began to thaw, which made it impossible for the moving artillery barrage to provide cover for the troops. In the fighting, the company came under heavy machine-gun fire from the Germans, and they were surrounded and either captured or killed in the south Miraumont trench area. Lance Corporal Bartlett’s body was not recovered, so he has no known grave. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Richard, from Highgate in London, was 37 years old