Bert Homer was the son of William and Jane Homer and he attended Cradley C of E School. His wife, Agnes Homer, was later living at 31 Clyde Street, Old Hill. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery and was posted to the 26th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. This unit went to France in August 1915 and its heavy guns would have been well used in the 1916 Battle of the Somme. It was engaged in the 1917 Battles of Arras which began on the 9th April. However, Gunner Bert Homer was wounded in the later stages of the fighting and sent to the 8th Casualty Clearing Station at Duisans near Arras. He died of wounds and is buried in Duisans Cemetery (III M 61), Etrun. He is commemorated on the Cradley, Halesowen and Cradley C of E School Memorials.
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