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Hubert Vincent Viner

poppy Hubert Vincent Viner

Hubert Vincent VINER was born in December 1897 in Bagley Wood, Radley, Berkshire, [now Oxfordshire] England. Hubert, known as Bertie, was the second son of Walter (born 6th

March 1855 at Sunningwell, Berkshire) and Hannah VINER (baptised 10th Apr 1859 at Stretton on Dunsmoore, Warwickshire, England. It is not known where Walter met Hannah, but as a servant she moved from Warwickshire and was working next door to the Publican at the Fox Inn, Fox Lane, Oxford, so Bertie possibly met Hannah at the Fox as he lived nearby.

Bertie's father Walter was a Gamekeeper born in Sunningwell, Abingdon and is living with his mother Mary Ann Viner and her grandson. Walter married Hannah Barnwell on the 9th July 1891 at Stretton on Fosse Parish Church, Warwickshire.

The Fox, Fox Lane, Boar's Hill, Oxford

By the 1901 census the family are shown living in a cottage in Bullocks Pits, Longworth, [now Southmoor] with sons, Walter 8 years, Vincent (Bertie) 4 years and Gilbert just one year old. By the year 1911 the census shows that the family have now moved to Game Keeper's Cottage, North Audley Farm, Kingston Bagpuize where Walter and his eldest son Walter Ernest are Gamekeepers, Bertie is a houseboy, possibly at North Audley or Kingston House and Gilbert is a pupil attending Kingston school.

Walter Ernest, with his father, Bertie and young Gilbert were busy as Gamekeepers. It is known that when delivery men called at North Audley they would often go away with a gift of game or like.

Walter Ernest married Edith Annie Woodwards (1894–1977) at Brightwell Baldwin Parish Church, Oxfordshire, England on the 30th July 1919. He was probably employed in the area.

Gilbert Viner

Here is young Gilbert, destined as an adult, to also become a Game Keeper, with his ferret and terrier and his brace of rabbits. Photo possibly taken at North Audley Farm, Kingston Bagpuize, [then in] Berkshire. How Bertie must have longed to return to his quiet life in Kingston.

At the outbreak of war Bertie dropping the full name Hubert, joined the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, as Private Vincent Viner.

His Ox & Bucks Regiment's 5th Battalion was formed in August, 1914, in Oxford - and landed in Boulogne in May, 1915. Given that Bertie was born on 25th October 1897 - he could very well have landed with them. They went into the front line at Ypres and on 25 Sept, 1915, were part of the ill fated Battle of Loos, which saw the first use of poison gas by the British, and resulted in 50,000 allied casualties. Bertie's Bn. roll was the attack on Bellewaarde Farm. They left their trenches at 04.20. The left wing of their attack was annihilated. The Germans had seen where we had cut our wire to allow our men to debauch into No Mans Land - and focussed all their artillery onto the area. The right wing of the attack got a few men into the German line, but their left was in the air, so had to pull back. Bertie's Battalion of about 750 men suffered 467 casualties (killed, wounded and missing).
Before that battle, they were billeted at Arras, where Bertie was killed.

The hand-written, in pencil, 5 Bn Ox & Bucks War Diary records that in early June, 1916, the Bn. were in billets in Arras - in a suburb called Ronville, just to the south of the city centre. The front line at that time was just east of the city - and both sides used to shell each other's positions. For 8 June, no casualties were reported. However, for 7 June, the diary records 'Billets shelled, 1 OR wounded' - then, in a slightly more hurried hand '1 OR wounded - died'. I believe the OR (Other Rank) to have been Bertie. It's possible that the latter entry was added on 8th, the day of his recorded death.

He died aged 19 years on June 8, 1916, in France. He was killed in an artillery barrage when in the line at Ronville, near Arras and was buried in Habarcq, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

21599 Private Vincent Herbert VINER at Harbarcq Cemetery, near Arras. Vincent 19 years was killed nearby by enemy artillery. Born Dec 1897 in Bagley Wood, Berkshire, England. Son of Walter James and Hannah Viner.

Vincent Herbert Viner'Bertie' was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

'Bertie' was awarded the British War
Medal and the Victory Medal.

This family website has some excellent maps of the area of Arras and original maps

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