Saturday, 1 October 2016

The writing begins and newspaper clippings of Robert Gooding Henson's death

Time for a quick update.

After some thought, with the working title of 'A Hundred Years To Arras', I'm using my research to write a fact-based novel. Beginning in 1916, just after my assumed date of when Robert Gooding Henson was sent to France, the first section of the novel will follow the 4th Division's deployment at the Battle of the Somme. The 4th Division, of which Robert was a part, were involved in the attack on 1st July 1916. The attack of the VIII Corps was carried out by the 29th, 4th and 31st Divisions in that order from south to north. The first objective of the 4th Division was to support the the Roayal Warwickshire Regiment to captaure a section of the German front line, romantically designated O6C93-Q6C99-K36C35-K36a82. The 3 Battalions that formed the second line behind the Warwickshires were the 1st Hampshire Regiment, the 1st Somerset Light Infantry, and some more of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, with the intention of advancing through the leading Battalions to capture the objective.

I don't know for sure whether RGH was involved in this battle, as about ten per cent of the regiment were left behind in billets at Mailly-Maillet, but for the purposes of the story I'm going to tell, he will be. The only spoiler of course that we can't avoid is that we know that he dies at the Battle of Arras.

My friend Garen Ewing, a brilliant writer and artist, and historical researcher extraordinaire, was kind enough to share with me a couple of newspaper clippings that he came across regharding Robert's death, as below: