Those Commemorated

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Private 22276 Robert Hiatt was born Little Wolford. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, which bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector and have no known grave; over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

Bob (baptised in Wolford on 1 July, 1888) was the son of Bob, a farm labourer, and Elizabeth Hiatt of Little Wolford, who had nine children. Although born and brought up in The Wolfords, Bob and his brother, Tom, were working as grooms in domestic service in Stow-on-the Wold at the time of the 1911 Census, and later enlisted at Wokingham.

The 10th Glosters were raised at Bristol in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army, moving to Chetenham prior to training in trench warfare on Salisbury Plain. They left their training camp at Sutton Veny, near Warminster, on 8th August 1915 to embark at Southampton for Le Havre. The battalion first saw action on 25th September 1915 at the start of the Battle of Loos, when it suffered very heavy casualties. The date of Bob Hiatt's death suggests that he was killed during an unsuccessful attack on German positions near Martinpuich during the Battle of Bazentin.

David Farman