Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Private David Garrett and Private John Baron, 2nd/5th Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers, were killed in action during the Attacks on High Wood.
Private Garrett was one of four children of a cloth machinist, attended St. Luke & St. Philip’s School in Blackburn, and after leaving school he worked at Bank Top Foundry. After the outbreak of the Great War Private Garrett enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment and later transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was married in the Church of St. Luke, St. Mark & St. Philip in March of 1916, six months before his death. Born in Witton, Lancashire, David was 24 years old. He is commemorated on his family’s grave in Blackburn Old Cemetery.
Private Baron was one of nine children, with two younger brothers who would also serve during the Great War. He worked as a weaver at T. & R. Eccles Ltd. in Lower Darwen, and attended St. James’ Church, being part of the men’s bible class. Private Baron enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment in March of 1916, six months before his death, and later transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was reported missing at High Wood and was later presumed to have been killed. From Darwen, John was 33 years old.
Private Garrett and Private Baron, who grew up four miles from each other, have no known graves and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, at Picardy in France.