VINCENT RALPH DOGGETT 

Rank: Private
Service Number: 10/14973.
Regiment: 1st Bn. Cheshire Regiment Died of wounds Friday 27th September 1918 Age 24County Memorial Runcorn
Commemorated\Buried BARASTRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Grave\Panel Ref: 14.
France

Vincent was the son of Mr & Mrs James Doggett, and was born in Ellesmere Port on the 28th January 1895. His family then moved to Runcorn.
He was one of 10 children.

He attended the Balfour Road School from 1908 until 1909 and also the Mersey Mission to Seamen. He was employed at the Salt Union works at Weston point.

He enlisted at Runcorn on the 3rd September 1914 aged 19 and 8 months, on his enlistment form it is stated that he was 5ft 6inch in height, weight 130lbs, brown eyes and black hair. He was postedto the 10th Battalion Cheshire Regiment

On the 5th July 1915 he was hospitalised with scabies for 6 days, before going out to France on the 26th September 1915.  He was then wounded in the wrist on 19th May 1916, and again in the leg on the 10th July 1916 while in action on the Somme,  after which he attended a hospital in Edinburgh for treatment, it is recorded in his medical records that he stayed here for 56 days and was discharged in September 1916.

He went out again to France on the 13th March 1917, and was posted to the 11th Battalion before joining the 1st Battalion on 4th April 1917.
In 1918, the 1st Battalion were posted to an area near Nieppe Forest (south of Bailleul) and involved at the tail end of the Battle of Lys, part of the German offensive to isolate the British army in Ypres.

The Cheshire’s were shelled with gas twice, on the 24th and 26th April. The attack on the 24th lasted from 11pm to 03:30am, with heavy casualties, and one of these was Vincent, this is detailed on his Army Form B103.

He came home on 14 days leave on 13th July 1918, before returning to France on the 30th July. On 21st August the battalion as involved in an attack on Bucquoy, which Vincent would have been involved in, he appears to have come through that unscathed.  The next major attack the Cheshires’s were involved with was on the 27th September, when supported by 6 tanks they attacked Beaucamp Village. He DOW at 15th Field Ambulance on 27th September 1918 , and is buried in Barastre Communal cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Ref 14. The cemetery only has 15 graves of serviceman from the 1st World War and is to the east of Bapaume in the Somme region.  They are numbered left to right, so in the picture Vincent’s is 2nd from the end nearest to the camera. No other members of his battalion are buried here, so I suspect Vincent was injured very early in the battle or prior to it, as the all the other casualties are buried about 10 miles away. 

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, BW medal and Victory medal that were sent to his mother at 43 Percival Lane.

He is also commemorated on the Runcorn War Memorial on Greenway Road.

At the time of his death, his three brothers were also serving with the army.
Lance Corporal Fred Dogget, who enlisted on the same day as Vincent, served twice in France, Egypt and Salonika.

Sergeant John Dogget who served in France
Private Peter Dogget, who enlisted in February 1917 and served in Mesopotamia. They all survived.

His father Vincent Philip James was a waterman and died aged 80 in 1939. He is buried in Runcorn Cemetery section 12 grave 1100.