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11 Jul 1916
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Ernest W.T. Groom was a member of the 2nd Battallion The Bedfordshire Regiment, and was killed on the 11th July 1916 during the attack on Trones Wood.
The advance started at 3:10 AM, and the advance was not spotted until the men were 400 yards from the enemy. At this moment, machine guns opened fire on the men and the battle began. The woodlands were so dense and the night so dark, that it became impossible to see more than 5 yards ahead.
Private Groom died alongside 5 Officers and 239 Other ranks.
He had been called up in January 1916 and went to France in May after four months training at Felixstowe.
Ernest Groom was a single man aged 21 and the only son of nurseryman William Groom and his wife Ellen.