Robert BARDSLEY
Rank: Private
Number: 52431
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 16 October 1916
Age: 33
Cemetery: Contay British Cemetery, Somme, France

All that is known about Robert Bardsley is that his parents were called John and Sarah and that they lived in Heaton Norris, where Robert had been born.

Robert enlisted into the army at Chester. His original service number, 4505, indicates this was in early 1915 and that, originally, he served overseas with one of the Cheshires’ Territorial Battalions (possibly the 5th battalion which had its headquarters at Chester). At some point, Robert must have been ill or injured and away from duty for a considerable while. When he had recovered, he was allocated the above new number and re-assigned to the 10th Battalion, which was probably in need of experienced men. The new number was issued sometime after early 1916, suggesting he had not been with his new unit for very long when he died.

Regimental records show that Robert died of wounds and certainly he is buried adjacent to where an army surgical unit (a Casualty Clearing Station) was based. Throughout the summer and autumn of 1916, the Cheshires had been in the heart of the Somme battlefield. On 9 October, the Battalion had successfully attacked a German position known as Stuff Redoubt. It remained in the area for several days consolidating the position and carrying out fatigue parties until it was relieved on the 16th. It cannot be known exactly when Robert received his fatal injuries but it was probably on the day he died or the previous day.

   
           
   
     
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