Service No: 203172
Date of Death: 09/10/1917
Regiment: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st/4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 108 to 111.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Killed at Passchendale Ridge on 9th October 1917, which was the Battle of Poelcappelle.
Wikipedia: The Battle of Poelcappelle (9 October 1917)
This battle marked the end of the string of highly successful British attacks in late September and early October 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres. Only the supporting attack in the north achieved a substantial advance. On the main front the German defences withstood the limited amount of artillery fire managed by the British after the attack of 4 October. The ground along the main ridges had been severely damaged by shelling and rapidly deteriorated in the rains, which began again on 3 October, which in some areas turned the ground into a swamp. Dreadful ground conditions had more effect on the British, who needed to move large amounts of artillery and ammunition to support the next attack. The battle was a defensive success for the German army, although costly to both sides.The weather and ground conditions put severe strain on all the infantry involved and led to many wounded being stranded on the battlefield. Early misleading information and delays in communication led Plumer and Haig to plan the next attack on 12 October (First Battle of Passchendaele) under the impression that a substantial advance had taken place at Passchendaele ridge, when most of the captured ground had been lost to German counter-attacks
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