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Harry John Hotten


Find Harry in the family tree. His War Record Card.

At the beginning of WW1 my Great Uncle Harry’s brigade was part of the 4th Division and his battalion, the Fifth City of London Rifles, went to France in November 1914. Three weeks after he was killed on 26 April 1915, his battalion was transferred to GHQ for three months and they must have been severely mauled at 2nd Ypres because while at GHQ they formed a composite battalion with two others. This suggests that on average the three battalions forming the new composite battalion were at only one-third strength each, that is, down from about 600 troops each to 200 with poor Uncle Harry among the lost.

Information provided by Geoffrey Hotten.