1914-15 Star, (16936 Pte. R. Berks. R.). 16936/28856/62584 Private C. H. Bland, W. A. Bland, R. G. Bland, Royal Berkshire Regiment, Somerset Light Infantry, Lancashire Fusiliers EF
Three brothers who in the 1911 census were 14, 12 and 11 years old and the sons of William and Ellen Bland living at 1, Pinders lane, Rugby. Charles Henry Bland was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, and attested there for the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 30 June 1915, and was killed in action on the first day of the battle of the Somme 1 July 1916 on which date the battalion was involved in the attack on Ovillers. Very early in the assault leading waves met tremendous machine gun and rifle fire, and by 9:00 a.m. over half the battalion had been lost. The Battalion withdrew that evening, having suffered 437 casualties. Bland has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Reginald George Bland was born in Rugby and attested there for the Lancashire Fusiliers. He served with the 16th Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front and was killed in action on 4 June 1918. He is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.