Worcestershire. 23 April 1917

Thomas Raybould was born in Quarry Bank and in 1915 was living at 19 New Street, Cradley, with his wife and one child. He enlisted in the Worcesters in this year and was sent to the 4th Battalion. He served in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 and in the final stages of the Somme at Guedecourt in October 1916. In the Spring battles of 1917 the Worcesters were in the front line for the battles of Arras. On the 14th April a strong attack was made on the fortified village of Monchy-le-Preux on its hill, just east of Arras and part of the Hindenburg Line. They suffered heavy losses. On the 23rd another attack was made but the German defences were impossible to overcome. Private Thomas Raybould was killed in action on this day. He was 24 years of age and is commemorated on the Arras, Cradley, Halesowen and Quarry Bank Memorials.

Commemorated at:

Halesowen St. John

Halesowen St. John

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB

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