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Hello can anyone tell me what my g/grandfather was doing to suffer gas poisoning on or around the 6th of june 1915 his service record still exists on ansestry but i find it hard to read and understand he was in the cheshire regiment and his name was WIlliam Heath number 13125. many thanks

mark

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Hi Mark

The war diaries will be able to let you know where the Cheshires were and what they were doing at that time- I looked at his ervice papers and from what I can see he got wounded in the left cheek 25/5/15.Do you make that out as well?

Michelle

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was group 30 something he was doing at the 1st garrson battalion? i know he was burnt on the cheek properly the gas caused this. do his papers say were he fought?

many thanks to all for your help

regards

mark

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As far as I can tell, he enlisted in September 1914 and served in Gibralta

He was in the 2nd Bn when on active service from 9th May 1915. He then suffered a gunshot wound to the left cheek (this can also mean shell fragments) and also the effects of gas and was hospitalised on 25/5/1915.

Returned to England 31/5/1915 and later spent the remainder of the war in Gibraltar again until demob 25/9/1919.

There were 21 casualties in the 2nd Battalion on the day that William received his injuries.

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Battle of Bellewaarde - 24/25th September 1915

A determined attempt was at once made to recapture the line of trenches from which they had been forced. The 84th Brigade (Bowes), hitherto in reserve, was ordered to move along the south of the line, while the whole artillery of the Fifth Corps supported the advance. Meanwhile, the 80th Brigade (Fortescue) was pushed forward on the right of the 84th, with orders to advance upon Hooge and restore the situation there. It was evening before all arrangements were completed. About seven o'clock the 84th advanced with the 2nd Cheshires upon the left and the 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers upon the right, supported by the 1st Welsh, the Monmouths, and the feeble remains of the 1st Suffolks. Darkness had fallen before the lines came into contact, and a long and obstinate fight followed, which swayed back and forwards under the light of flares and the sudden red glare of bursting shells. So murderous was the engagement that the 84th Brigade came out of it without a senior officer left standing out of six battalions, and with a loss of 75 per cent of the numbers with which it began. The machine-gun fire of the Germans was extremely intense, and was responsible for most of the heavy losses. At one time men of the Welsh, the Suffolks, and the Northumberland Fusiliers were actually in the German trenches, but at dawn they were compelled to retire. Late in the evening the 3rd and 4th Brigades of Cavalry were pushed into the trenches on the extreme right of the British position, near Hooge, to relieve the 1st and 2nd Brigades, who had sustained heavy losses for the second time within ten days.

http://gutenberg.net...2/1202561h.html - See 2nd Battle of Ypres

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  • thankyou very much for looking, i didnt know they were using gas so early 1 year into the war.
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  • mark

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The handwritten section I think reads;-

6/6/15 4 Sty Hosp Effects of Gas Aa 4 Sty Hosp 25/5/15 to 25/5/15

6/6/15 4 Sty Hosp G S W Cheek L Trans to Base 25/5/15 to 25/5/15

12 GH Gas Poisoning to other Hospital 30/5/15 to 30/5/15

24/6/15 St Andrew Gas to England 31/5/15

4Sty Hosp=4th Stationary Hospital

12GH=12th General Hospital Rouen

St Andrew= Hospital Ship to England

In England he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital Manchester(possibly WIlbraham)

Eddie

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thankyou to all for looking , he must have been quite badly injured as he was not sent back to the front again, having said that he was charged a few times for drinking in Gibraltar. what was life like at the 1st garison batalion cheshire regiment? . he was only 65 when he died is it possible that this was from the affects of the gas in 1915?

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looks like my g/grandad was re-enforcing 2nd cheshire as he got there on the 9/05/15, and was injured on the 24th or 25th of the same month.

many thanks

mark

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does anyone know what sort of gas was uses in september 1915, would my g/grandad have a gas mask?

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i just noticed william was in the 3rd battalion on active service not the 2nd. doe anyone know what engagment he was part of to be injured on the 25/05/15.

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was there a gas attack during the battle on the 25/5/1915? if so would my g/ grandad have a gas mask issued at that time.many thanks to all mark.

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