11TH NOV. 1915: QMS IN SEARCH OF THE MISSING.

Basil Hibbett Age 18. 1916.
Basil Hibbett in 1916. Age 18  yrs.

BASIL HIBBETT, 95 Foden Rd Walsall: LETTER to Pte BERTIE HIBBETT on Active Service.

Sat 11 th 

Dear Bertie,

I shall have no time to write you a long letter I am sorry to say, but I want  to ask you to find out as much as possible all the news concerning Tom Fenton* who was at the QMS (1)

He was in that Charge (2) & obtained a serious wound, but no news has been received of his whereabouts.

Mr Powis (3 ) was asking this morning so I thought I would write & ask you to make inquiries among the men.  His people are naturally in a bad way. 

Write as soon as you know anything, there’s a good chap.

Your loving brother,  Dodger.

PS I am writing to Sydney too.

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South Staffordshire Badgee1/5th SOUTH STAFFORDS WAR DIARY.

NEUVE CHAPELLE TRENCHES.

11th Nov. Thur:  Enemy very quiet. CASUALTY: 1 slightly wounded, remained at duty 154  Pte W. J.  Pedley. 

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ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB
ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB

(1) QMS Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall.  No record of a Tom Fenton Killed in Action in CWGC  website. (T. E. Fenton was awarded the Vicar’s Leaving Prize cf  QMS Magazine, Dec. 1914). 

(2Battle: Loos-Hohenzollern Redoubt.    Charge of 13th -15th Oct. 1915.

(3) Mr Powis. Powis Housemaster. Retired in April 1922 after 43 years  service at QMS.

NB. Bertie used the back of Basil’s letter to write  Home on 18th Nov. 1915. 

NEXT POST:  14th Nov. 1915:  In the Slough of Despond up to the eyes in a Mud  Muddy Mud-hole – & a Word about Rats!

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