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The Last 10 Fallen: Private E P Warner

Killed in action at Maresches, France, aged 20

Killed in action at Maresches, near Valenciennes on 1 November 1918, aged 20.

Edgar Percy Warner FH (1913-15) was the younger son of the late Percy Warner and of Mrs. Warner of 6, Rue de I'Union, Brussels.

Warner left Tonbridge in July 1915. Too young to serve, he entered the South Eastern Agricultural College at Wye. After completing his two years' course at Wye, he went as pupil to a farmer in Gloucestershire but, though exempt from military service, he felt it to be his duty to serve, and enlisted in February 1918.

He joined the 2/5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and went out to France in May 1918. After participating in the great advance, he was killed by the shock of a chance shell during a night attack in the village of Maresches, where he is today buried.

His elder brother, Edward Warner (FH 1903-07), escaped from Brussels in December 1914 and soon enlisted. He was severely injured when a bullet entered behind his right ear passed out between his eyes. Though permanently deaf of the right ear and suffering from some facial paralysis he made a marvellous recovery. He returned to Brussels after the war with his mother, who had been in England since October 1914. Their boys’ sister however had remained in Brussels throughout the German occupation, and it was reported that her health broke down as the result of the treatment she received during this time.

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