6th Battalion, Royal Berks
1st July 1916

Gallery - 6th Berks. in 1917

This photo depicts members of the 6th Royal Berks, probably in July, 1917 shortly before their time in action at the 3rd Battle of Ypres. It was sent by Private Ernest Harrison of Reading (marked with a cross) to his mother. The message read: "Just a line to let you know I am still alive and kicking. According to this I am getting as fat as a "Berkshire Pig". Don't you think so? Tons of love and kisses. Ernie.

Private Harrison was killed on 31st July. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres. The battalion officer who signed the card as censor was 2nd Lt. E.H.G. Worden who was wounded on 31st July. He survived the war.

Photo and information from "Arras to Cambrai - The Kitchener Battalions of the Royal Berkshire Regt., 1917" by Colin Fox and others.

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