Date of Death:
Barden Henry J.
6th Labour Coy. Northamptonshire Regiment transf. to (85844) 144th Coy. Labour Corps
7 august 1917
Brandhoek New Military Cemetery
Plot IV, Row F , Stone 2
31 july 1917
He served for 11 years before the war in the Winchester Volunteer Corps and O.T.C.
In 1908 he succeeded Mr. Bramston as Housemaster of Culver’s Close, where he lived with his sister Mary.
On the outbreak of war he took a leading part in the organisation of the emergency Officers Training Camp at Tidworth Pennings.
Joined the 11th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, and assisted as company commander in training this Pioneer Battalion of the 16th Division.
He later became second-in-command and won the D.S.O. during the Battle of the Somme, awarded in the New Year’s Honours List of 1917 for his time in command, and not for any specific act of gallantry.
Later he was present at the capture of the Messines Ridge, and shortly before his death was recommended for the command of a battalion.
He fell on the Ypres-Menin Road caught in a German barrage whilst overseeing repair work on the road.
His wounds proved fatal and he was buried at Brandhoek, near Vlamertinghe