Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private William Joseph Watchorn, Private Reuben Henry James Hannam, and Private Walter Hannaford, 8th Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry, were among seventy-one casualties from their battalion during the Battle of Arleux.
Private Watchorn had enlisted at Whitehall, and fell in the action around Oppy and Greenland Hill. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial in France. From Islington, William was 19 years old.
Private Hannam was one of seven children of a timber hewer and sawyer. At the age of thirteen he was working away from home on a farm at Compton Dundon. His body was not identified, so he also is remembered on the Arras Memorial, and his name is on the Somerset war memorial. From Charlton Adam in Somerset, Reuben was 19 years old.
Private Hannaford was the eldest of three sons. He died of wounds received during the fighting and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais in France. He is remembered on the Bridgwater war memorial, and in St. Mary’s Church in Bridgwater, his home town. Walter was 37 years old.