Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: 55th Field Company of the Royal Engineers
Died: 28 August 1918
Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh
East Budleigh Memorial Cross, East Budleigh Memorial Tablet
Other Memorial: Ligny-sur-Canche British Cemetery [Google]
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William was the son of Eli and Elizabeth Hart, who lived at Flint Lodge, Bicton, and the husband of Edith Hart, of High Street, Exmouth. Records show he was born in Colaton Raleigh.
At the time of his death, aged 23, Lance Corporal 46791 William Henry Hart was serving with 55th Field Company of the Royal Engineers.
The company had served in France and Belgium since the early days of the war as part of the British Army’s 7th Division, which suffered heavy losses in the First Battle of Ypres. In 1918 it was involved in fighting on the Somme.
L/Cpl Hart is remembered with honour at the Ligny-sur-Canche British Cemetery in the Pas-de-Calais. The cemetery was first used at about the time he died, and was set up by the 3rd Canadian, the 19th and the 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations based at nearby Frevent, and in two weeks 80 men were buried there.
He is also remembered on the East Budleigh War Memorial, and on the plaque in the village church.
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