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Remembered Today:

ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS - EDWARD EDWARDS KIA


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Hi

Can anyone confirm where on the Somme the following soldier was the day he died please:

EDWARDS, EDWARD

Rank:

Private

Service No:

36977

Date of Death:

16/08/1916

Age:

21

Regiment/Service:

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

10th Bn.

Thanks

Andrew

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Hi

Crikey, wheres me glasses !!!!!!!

On Wednesday 16 August 1916 his battalion moved into Casement, Dublin and Chimpanzee Trenches and the following afternoon made an attack on Lonely Trench in company with the 12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. The attack was unsuccessful and further attacks were made the following morning. The battalion could make little headway as its flanks were found to be exposed.

Casualties over three days amounted to 224 other rank, 91 being killed.

The War Diary records,

“16 August 1916 - The battalion moved into the Casement and Dublin trenches, starting at 8.30am. In the afternoon “A” and “D” Companies moved to Chimpanzee Trench, also two consolidated sections of “C” Company.

Casualties:- killed 3, wounded 4.

17 August 1916 - In the afternoon instructions were received for an attack on Lonely Trench by two companies of the battalion, in conjunction with two companies of a battalion of the 9th Brigade.

At 5pm the following were issued to the attacking troops; flares, smoke bombs, tools, wire cutters, white bands.

At 8pm the two companies (“B” and “C”) moved off led by specially detailed guides. Affter proceeding some distance up French Trench, a heavy barrage was put on, and the order came down that the column must move back. This was then countermanded and the Adjutant was sent forward to see that it was carried out. After a delay of half an hour the two companies got into the front line, and were in position by 9.30pm. Orders were then given for the men to move forward to the tape, and this was completed at 9.57pm.

On our left were the two companies of the 12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment.

At 10pm the attacking companies advanced out of their trenches for the attack. During the advance the hostile machine gun fire did not appear to be very heavy, nor did many casualties come back for some time.

Shortly before 11pm the left company was reported to be held up within 15 yards of the German trench, so a platoon of the 8th Battalion, The King’s Own was sent to reinforce. A working party was now ordered to dig a trench on the tape alignment.

The projected attack being abortive, orders were issued that a fresh attack should be organised, and it was arranged that it should commence at 4am.

18 August 1916 - At 5.52am information was received that the second attack had also failed, and the attacking troops were then withdrawn. Throughout the morning our front was shelled in a desultory manner by hostile 5.9 howitzers.

During the afternoon, and at dusk, the enemy’s shelling was heavy and accurate, and battalion HQ had to be constantly moved.

At 2.45pm, in conjunction with the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, “B” and “C” Companies advanced, “C” Company suffering severe casualties from the hostile machine gun fire, as soon as they topped the parapet. This being noticed, two platoons of the supporting company of the 7th Battalion, King’s Shropshire L.I. were sent to join in the attack.

19 August 1916 - The battalion was withdrawn at 5am after relief by the 7th Battalion, King’s Shropshire L.I. and 9th Brigade, Machine Gun Company. The battalion moved to Chimpanzee Trench, and later to the transport lines, above Minden Post.”

Regards

Graeme

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