Sergeant 2476 Robert Valentine Weaving
1st/4th Battalion (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Regiment
His local connections are difficult to establish as he is shown as being born in Abingdon, enlisted at Reading and place of residence as Abingdon. He was the Son of Robert and Martha Weaving, of Abingdon, Berkshire and the husband of Dorothy Weaving. He went to France on the 30th March 1915 which would indicate that he was a pre war territorial soldier.
[At some point his army number was changed to 200246]
He died of wounds on Sunday, 27th August 1916, age 28. He is buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France.
- Regimental Badge of the Royal Berkshires
- The Commonwealth war grave for Sergeant Weaving
War diary reads:
27th August 1916 – Battalion in Ovillers making preparations for the evening attack. Glosters on the right, Warwick's on the left. The attack was most successful with the battalion achieving all its objectives and capturing 10 prisoners. It is estimated that they killed or wounded at last 100 Germans.
Officers wounded 2;
Other Ranks Killed 9, wounded 48, missing believed killed 2, wounded and missing 10, missing 10.
Note – we are satisfied that this soldier is the one listed on the memorial as he is the only man on the CWGC with that name. It is possible that he may have been working in Hungerford prior to the war.