Regiment : 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 46044
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 16th August 1917 aged 39
Buried : Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, Belgium, Grave V. F. 14.
Relatives : Son of Richard and Myra Hart; husband of Susannah Hutton (formerly Hart), 2 Brook St., Lye, Worcestershire
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Richard Hart enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 4th Battalion on the Western Front. In 1916 they were in the reserve trenches for the first day of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel. The first line troops in front of them suffered so severely that the Worcesters did not go ‘over the top’ immediately but they then had to contest possession of Ovillers for ten days. In the Spring of 1917 they were in the Arras battles and notably in the attacks on Monchy-le-Preux. They then moved to Flanders and fought in the Third Battle of Ypres. On the 16th August they led the way in the battle of Langemark. The assault started at 4.45 a.m. after a fearful night march when Summer rain had produced the worst of Flanders mud. Territory was won and held but casualties were high. They included Private Richard Hart.