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Dresden House


E Wilcock

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I am not expert on map references and army nicknames for locations.

Is anyone able to identify please Dresden House, (a German position evidently) which would have been near to the British position at Menegatte (near Ploegsteert) in May 1915.

It is referred to by name as Dresden House in the 4th South Midland Brigade R.F.A. (later 243 Brigade) Official War diary of 5 May 1915 when the 5th battery fired 18 rounds on it. There are two further references in the official Diary to shooting at Dresden House on 5 and 24 June before the Brigade were posted further south.

It is referred to also by my grandfather Francis West in the diary he kept at the front. He mentions firing at Dresden House to avenge the death of the noted England Rugby player Ronald Poulton who had apparently been sniped from there. Poulton was then serving in the Berkshires.

I have been asked for this information by Poulton's biographer and any help in finding the location would be much appreciated.

With thanks.

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