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2nd/10th Bn. London Regiment 1917


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Firstly would like to say what a great site this is....only discovered it today.

The Information I am looking for is about My Great Uncle Sydney Howard McLaven who was in the 2nd/10th Bn. London Regiment.

Sadly he died on Saturday 22nd September 1917, Aged 20. His grave is at Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery.

I was very interested in the Regiment he was in, and what battle he was involved in when he lost his life.

Many thanks

Ragna Brent

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Welcome Ragna,

The Battle was the 3rd Ypres, Battle of the Menin Road, 20th to 25th September 1917. The Day-by-Day Account gives nothing on the 22nd September except the relief of 9th Division by 3rd Division.

However, the 175 Brigade, 58th Division had been involved on the 21st as below:

175 Brigade was to advance 1000 yards and take the strongpoint s on the Gravenstafel spur. The 2/4th London acheived this and went on to occupy Winnipeg Crossroads.

The account does not mention 2/10th per-se but they would have been involved somewhere on the day. Their last action before that was a minor one on the 14th September.

SDITGW will give some more details (anyone?) but it looks like he may have DOW near Vlamertinge at some CCS.

Aye

Malcolm

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Guest Ragnantone

I would just like to say thank you so much for replying so quickly. The Family didnt realise that he had died in one of the well written about Battle of the Menin Road. I shall be able to do some more research.

Next Question is there any photographs kept of the soldiers, we have none of Sydney McLaven and I would so much like to see what he looked like.

You mentioned that it was a Division of Conscripts, my mother has confirmed this, as the Family felt because he was "simple" he should never have gone in the first place.

I have had an interest in the Two world wars since reading "Wilfred Owen"poems a few years ago. Have to admit to shedding many tears thinking of the loss of life in those wars. Just so grateful to them, because our lives would have been so different.

As a complete new-comer to Army could someone explain to me how many men were in each division, etc.

Also....What does SDITGW mean?

Thank you again...I was just so amazed at how quickly and how much detail you could tell me.

Ragna Brent x

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Ragna

Take a look at the 'terms and definitions' area of the Long, Long Trail (link top left under the logo). There is an explanation of Divisions, Brigades, Battalions, etc.

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Ragna,

SDITGW Is Soldiers Died in the Great War, an 81 volume set of books now a searchable CDrom (£260!!) which some of the PALS have.

Use the web. Search Google or similar.

Good hunting.

Aye

Malcolm

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