Regiment : 88th Company Machine Gun Corps
Service number : 21497
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 27th November 1916 aged 24
Buried : Guards' Cemetery, Les Boeufs, France, Grave IX. P. 3.
Birthplace : Son of Mrs Mary Ann Byng, 25 Union Street, Stourbridge
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge St Thomas's Church
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Cathedral Roll of honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral, name given as Horace Byng.
Henry Byng was born at Wordsley, but later lived with his mother at 25 Union Street, Stourbridge. He enlisted in the Worcesters before the war and served in the 4th Battalion at Gallipoli. He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and joined the 88th Company which fought alongside the 4th Worcesters in the 29th Division. When they returned to the Western Front they were sent to the Somme sector. They saw action at the start of the battle at Hawthorn Redoubt and again on the Transloy Ridges. The fighting died down in November, but there was always the danger from enemy shelling. Private Henry Byng was killed in action on the 27th November, probably from shell-fire.