Chapter 3b – Back in the Salient

Hill 60 Advanced parties set off for the rest billets, to the rear of the Hill 60 lines, in the new area on Wednesday the 15th of December. Over the following two days the 5th…

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B&M Sites – Ypres Salient

Ypres Salient 1915-16

Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Nord, France

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 11 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 25th May 1915 and 4th Aug 1916, are buried at this cemetery

Bedford House Cemetery

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 1 fusilier of the 4th Bn, who died on the 26th Apr 1915, is buried at this cemetery

Bedford House cemetery
Bedford House cemetery

Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 1 fusilier of the 4th Bn, who died 16th Aug 1915, is buried at this cemetery

Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 6 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 1st and 14th Aug 1916, are buried at this cemetery

Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 3 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 27th Apr and 25th May 1915, are buried at this cemetery

Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery

Hop Store Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 1 fusilier of the 4th Bn, who died on the 24th May 1915, is buried at this cemetery

 

La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 11 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 23rd Mar and 3rd Jul 1916, are buried at this cemetery

Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-V, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 1 fusilier of the 4th Bn, who died on the 3rd May 1915, is buried at this cemetery

Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

2 km southeast of Ieper (Ypres)

Transport Farm
Transport Farm

At least 15 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 1st Feb 1916 and 26th Jan 1917, are buried at this cemetery, including:

 

Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle -D`Armentieres, Nord, France

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 2 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 4th Aug 1915 and 28th Aug 1916, are buried at this cemetery

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 1 fusilier of the 4th Bn, who died on the 30th May 1916, is buried at this cemetery

Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, Langemark-Polkappelle, West-V, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 4 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died on the 26th Apr 1915, are buried at this cemetery

St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 3 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 23rd Jul 1916 and 3rd Aug 1916, are buried at this cemetery.

St Quentin Cabaret
St Quentin Cabaret

Strand Military Cemetery

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 2 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 18th and 19th Jul 1915, are buried at this cemetery

Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery

Ypres Salient 1915-16

At least 6 fusiliers of the 4th Bn, who died between the 27th Apr 1915 and 14th Feb 1916, are buried at this cemetery

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Ypres Salient 1915-16

The majority of the fusiliers killed during the Battle of St Julien are commemorated here.

Menin Gate
Menin Gate

50th Northumbrian Division Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

50th Division Memorial
50th Division Memorial

Chapter 2a – St Julien

Lt Col Alfred James Foster Context Within six weeks of the British mobilisation, the German Army had fought their way to within thirty miles of Paris before being checked at the Battle of…

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Chapter 3a – Armentieres

Historical Context - the “City of the Linen”. By the turn of the century Armentières, in the Artois region of Northern France, was an important centre of textile, printing, dyeing and brewing industries. It…

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Armagh Wood

19th Mar 1916

The Bn moved into the support lines at at H.30.a, Blaue Pourt Farm1 and Armagh Wood2. Except one NCO wounded and Sgt Maj Sharp killed (see burial book) these were three quiet days. On the night of 21st and 22nd the Bn was relieved by the 4th Bn East Yorkshires and moved back to Dickebusch Huts3. This was a difficult relief due to traffic congestion.

Usual refitting, reclothing and Coy parades. On the 23rd Gen Sir Douglas Haig came and inspected the Bn; it was a wet day and he only saw the men in their huts. A concert was held the same night in the YMCA hut, which went off successfully. The 50th Divn relieved the 3rd Divn in a sector running from the Ypres-Comines Canal at 'The Bluff'4 to Trench '34', the 50th Divn front being held once more by two Bdes and extending from the Bluff to Trench 'A.3'.

25th - 27th Mar 1916

On the night of 24th, the Bn went up to the trenches at Mount Sorrel5 , between Hill 606 and Sanctuary Wood7 . The next two days were quiet, however, on the 26th Canadian officers, from the Bn due to relieve the 4th Bn, visited the trenches. On the 27th the Bn was relieved by the 5th Bn and proceeded to close support positions, with the Bn HQ at Square Wood8.

Sanctuary, Square & Armagh Wood - Military Units

17th Division - Comprised of the 50th, 51st and 52nd Bdes

The 50th Bde. Comprised of the 10th Bn - West Yorkshire Regt, 7th Bn - East Yorkshire Regt, 7th Bn - Yorkshire Regt, 6th Bn - Dorsetshire Regt.

The 51st Bde. Comprised of the 7th Bn - Lincolnshire Regt, 7th Bn - Border Regt, 8th Bn - South Staffordshire Regt, 10th Bn - Sherwood Foresters.

The 52nd Bde. Comprised of the 9th Bn - Northumberland Fusiliers, 10th Bn - Lancashire Fusiliers, 9th Bn - Duke of Wellington’s Regt, 12th Bn - Manchester Regt

24th Division - Comprised of the 17th, 72nd and 73rd Infantry Bdes

The 17th Bde. Comprised of the 8th Bn - Buffs, 1st Bn - Royal Fusiliers, 12th Bn - Royal Fusiliers, 3rd Bn - Rifle Brigade.

The 72nd Bde. Comprised of the 8th Bn - Queen’s, 9th Bn - East Surrey Regt, 8th Bn - Queen’s Own and 1st Bn - North Staffordshire Regt.

The 73rd Bde. Comprised of the 9th Bn - Royal Sussex Regt, 7th Bn - Northamptonshire Regt, 13th Bn - Middlesex Regt, 2nd Bn - Leinster Regt.

50th (Northumbrian) Territorial Division - Comprised of the 149th, 150th and 151st Infantry Brigades.

The 149th (Northumbrian) Bde - Comprised of 1/4th, 1/5th, 1/6th and 1/7th Bns - Northumberland Fusiliers.

The 150th (York & Durham) Bde - Comprised of 1/4th Bn - East Yorkshire Regt - , 1/4th & 1/5th Bn - Green Howards and 1/5th Bn - Durham Light Infantry.

The 151st (Durham Light Infantry) Bde - Comprised of 1/5th (Cumberland) Bn - Border Regt, 1/6th, 1/8th and 1/9th Bn - DLI.

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1st Canadian Division - Comprised of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Canadian Bdes.

The 1st Canadian Bde. Comprised of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Bns Canadian Infantry.

The 2nd Canadian Bde. Comprised of the 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th Canadian Infantry.

The 3rd Canadian Bde. Comprised of the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Bns Canadian Infantry. return

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Chapter 2d – Wulverghem

Wulverghem The following morning the officers reconnoitred the front line east of Wulverghem village in readiness for the Bn moving up to the trenches later that day. Foster: “All CO’s and Captains of Companies…

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