SILK Bernard Ward
Regiment : 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 151415
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 23rd July 1916
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 9A 9B and 10B.
Birthplace : Born and resident Redditch, Worcestershire, enlisted Birmingham
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch Bates Hill Methodist Church now in Redditch Emmanuel Church with the information: Private
Credits : Researched by Jillian Coombes.
Bernard Ward Silk was born in 1894 in the Alcester District and baptised on 22nd July 1894 in Acocks Green, Worcestershire. His parents were William Henry Silk and Eliza Bottley Silk. On the 1911 census Bernard Silk aged 16, Clerk, lived with his parents William Henry and Eliza Botteley Silk at 98 Oakly Road, Redditch.
Birmingham Daily Post, Saturday 5th August 1916:
Mr and Mrs W. H. Silk, of Worcester Road, Redditch, have received information that their son Bernard, has been killed in action. Prior to enlisting in the army the deceased had rendered service in the Y.M.C.A. huts and before the war he had been actively interested in the Boy Scout movement.
Birmingham Daily Post courtesy of British Library image:
The Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger, Saturday 30th September 1916:
(1415) B. W. Silk – Royal Warwicks from Redditch
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger digitised by and courtesy of Martin Stephens: http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk
Bernard Silk has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.