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1st/5th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment. Gorre 1918.


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Would anyone be able to assist with further information on the involvment of the 1st/5th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment at Gorre, France in Jan 1918.

The only information I have is that Private Oliver Gregory died there 27 Jan 1918 but I would like to find more details on any prior action by his Regiment leading up to his death and if there was any specific action on the date of his death.

Any info on 1st/5th Bn would be appreciated.

Regards,

jwb

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Commonwealth War Graves Internet Site.

In Memory of Private OLIVER BOULBY GREGORY

203321, 1st/5th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment

who died age 20 on 27 January 1918

Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Gregory, of 51, White Ash Lane, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs.

Remembered with honour

GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY. Plot V.D.1.

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GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY

Country: France Locality: Pas de Calais Location Information: Gorre is a hamlet 2.5 kilometres north of Beuvry, and 4 kilometres east of Bethune. Leave Beuvry on the D72, crossing the railway and then the Canal d'Aire on the way. The Cemetery is 150 metres from the church in Gorre, to the left of the D72 (Rue de Festubert). Historical Information: The chateau at Gorre was occupied early in the war by troops from the United Kingdom and India and the cemeteries, in the south-east corner of the chateau grounds, were begun in the autumn of 1914. The Indian part of the cemetery was closed in October 1915, when the Indian Corps left France.

The cemetery was used by units holding the sector until April 1918, when, in the Battles of the Lys, Gorre became a support post close behind the front line. The 55th (West Lancashire) Division, which held this front before and during the German attack, buried many of their dead in Plots V and VI.

A few graves were brought into the cemetery later from near Gorre and from MESPLAUX FARM, near Locon. There are now 934 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 41 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to four servicemen whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery also contains nine war graves of other nationalities, most of them German.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden. No. of Identified Casualties: 901

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Unfortunately, I've only got the war diary upto October 1917 but here's the relevent extract from the battalion history covering Dec 1917 to Feb 1918 ...

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Unfortunately, I've only got the war diary upto October 1917 but here's the relevent extract from the battalion history covering Dec 1917 to Feb 1918 ...

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Thank you for the information Croonaert, it was most helpful in setting the scene for me as to his likely general movements prior to his death.

Best regards,

jwb

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