Henry Wynter Blathwayt

Memorial: Dyrham - St Peter's Church

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Major, acting Lt Colonel

Parents: Charles George Wynter and Alice Mary Blathwayt

Marital status: Married

Home address: Brewsborough, Denvilles, Havant, Hants

Pre-war occupation: Indian Civil Service

Date of birth: 1877

Place of birth: India

Date of death: 30/11/1917

Buried/Commemorated at: Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, France

Age: 40

Further information:

He was born in India in 1877, the son of Charles George Wynter and Alice Mary Blathwayt. He was the husband of Elizabeth Helen Blathwayt. They lived at Drewsborough, Denvilles, Havant, Hants.

He had worked in India for the Indian Civil Service before the start of WW1.
Major, acting Lieutenant Colonel, A Battery, 74th Brigade, Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery

He died 30th November 1917, aged 40 from wounds following action. He is buried in Orval Wood Cemetery, Flesquieres, France about 5miles north west of Cambrai

The 74th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, was part of the Guards Division and in November 1917 it was involved in the Battle of Cambrai. The British started the battle on 20th November. The plan was to advance towards Cambrai, breech the Hindenburg Line and seize the nearby Bourlon Ridge from which they could dominate the surrounding area. The battle was notable for two new developments: the use of massed tanks by the British and the new artillery techniques that avoided preliminary ranging, thus not forewarning the enemy. The tanks were not successful; the infantry and artillery played the main part in the battle which lasted until 7th December

Husband of H W Blathwayt of Drewsborough, Denville, Havant, Hants

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Edward Walsh
Commonwealth War Graves Commision