Thursday, March 17, 2011
Private Cecil Henry Barwick - Akaroa Memorial
Private Barwick was wounded on the 7 June 1917 at the Battle at Messines whilst his unit was under heavy shell fire while bridging the Steenbeeque Stream. After he was wounded it looks like he was transferred to St Omer which was a Hospital Centre. He died on the 11 June 1917 aged 21 years and is buried in the Longuenesse, St Omer Cemetery.
When looking at pictures of the brutalised landscape of WW1 I am left wondering how the cycles of WW1, without today's modern improvements managed to perform - it must have been an uncomfortable ride.
Private Barwick hailed from Duvauchelle Bay his parents Joseph and Mary Barwick had two other sons who fought in WW1, they both returned to NZ at the end of the War.