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  • Photo shows the commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Gordon Palmer, photo courtesy of Cliff Housley
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Arnold
Gordon was born at Arnold in 1885, the son of Thomas and Mary Palmer of 8 James Street, Arnold. In the 1911 census he and is family are shown as living at 8 James Steet, he is single 25 yrs of age and works as a slag breaker in a blast furnace and worked at Gedling Colliery.
He was employed as a slag breaker in a blast furnace at Gedling Colliery
01 Jul 1916
31
185223 - CWGC Website
14573
Private
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters and after training was posted to the 11th Battalion (affectionately known as “The Men From The Greenwood”) and sent to France to join them in the field. The 1st July 1916, was indeed a black day for the British Army and much has been written about it by a variety of men who were there and later historians. All along the Western Front the British attacked and the 11th Battalion who were a part of the 70th Brigade of the 8th Division were no exception. They had been held in reserve but were soon ordered forward and found it hard work to progress along the trenches which were choked with casualties all trying to get back to a Dressing Station. As the Foresters came out into the open in an attempt to relieve the men now holding the trenches to the west of Nordwerk, they met the same fate as those who had tried to go forward previously. German machine guns mowed them down like a scythe cutting grass. The German machine guns sited along the Thiepval ridge enfiladed the attack and greatly added to the casualties. It was during this attack that Gordon was cut down by German machine gun fire to become one of the 57,000 casualties of which 19,000 were killed
He was buried at Blighty Valley Cemetery,France
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  • Photo shows the commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Gordon Palmer, photo courtesy of Cliff Housley
    Gordon Palmer - Photo shows the commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Gordon Palmer, photo courtesy of Cliff Housley