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1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment


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Hello everyone

I'm doing some research into a relative who died in action in WWI. I know the following about him:

Name: George William Webb

Service No: 6548

Unit: 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment

Date of Death: 28/04/1915

Cemetery: Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty Details

Campaign Medal details: See attachment

The main area of interest I have at the moment is to find out what his unit did between his disembarkation on 09/09/1914 and his death on 28/04/1915. I've tried various sources, but I'm kind of stuck on that, so any help would be greatly appreciated, either to point me in the right direction or provide me with the info I need.

I chanced upon this site as part of my search, and I have to say I'm so impressed that there are enough people out there who want to keep alive the memory of the Great War. My daughter has just come back from a school trip to Ypres and the surrounding area (not far from where my relative is buried funnily enough), and the whole experience had a profound effect on her and the others on the trip. She told me that there was no messing around or disrespectful behaviour from any of her party while they were visiting battle sites or memorials, and that many of them cried when they attended the Last Post ceremony at one of the memorials (I think it was Thiepval). It's great that schools are still teaching young people about the sacrifices made by previous generations, especially in relation to the Great War, and this was a worthwhile trip that we were happy to send her on. In fact, I wanted to go as well!

Anyway, thanks in advance for any information I might get. And thanks for your time.

Arthur Moose

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Hi Arthur, welcome to the forum. I'm sure that a Leicestershire Regt specialist will be along to help, but in the meantime, in case you didn't know, H C Wylly wrote a battalion history of the 1st and 2nd Leicestershire Regiment, which has been reprinted, and is available from Amazon at a reasonable price.

Alan

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Don't bother! Wylly sums up Jan-Apr 1915 in 16 lines. In April, we are told losses were 2 killed and 30 wounded. From January to April the battalion moved regularly from billets in Armentieres to the trenches in the Rue du Bois sector. Casualties for January: "....little or no wastage"; February: 6 killed 33 wounded; March: 6 killed 11 wounded. There you have it in a very tiny nutshell

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Don't bother! Wylly sums up Jan-Apr 1915 in 16 lines. In April, we are told losses were 2 killed and 30 wounded. From January to April the battalion moved regularly from billets in Armentieres to the trenches in the Rue du Bois sector. Casualties for January: "....little or no wastage"; February: 6 killed 33 wounded; March: 6 killed 11 wounded. Therre you have it in a very tiny nutshell

Only 2 killed in April? One of them must have been our relative. Thanks for that, even that very tiny nutshell is very useful.

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Arthur,

Matthew Richardson's book "Fighting Tigers -Epic Actions of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment" has a good chapter on an action fought by the 1st Battalion at Armentieres on 25th October 1914. Good stuff and photo and maps.

Book published in2002.

Dave

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