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Pte. Albert Babbs, 1st Leicesters, k.i.a. 24th September 1918


Jim_Grundy

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The nephew of Pte. Albert Babbs has asked for help in tracing the events surrounding his death in action in 24th September 1918.

Does anyone know what the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, was doing on the date in question? I believe it was in action against a position known as the 'Quadrilateral' but I hope a Leicesters specialist can add more.

Many thanks.

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Hello Jim,

Yes, The Quadrilateral Strong Point near Holnon. A fresh attack was launched on the morning of the 24th, the 18th Brigade, strengthened by the 1st Leicesters attacked on the right, and the 16th Brigade on the left of the Division. After the position was taken on the night of the 25th-26th a captured German officer admitted that they had fully expected to be able to hold the position indefinitely.

I've got the battalion diary, but the date is not transcribed, I can also let you have the official history information if required?

Regards.

Llew.

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Jim,

Albert's number, 49215, would have been issued on the 18th April 1918, so he wouldn't have been overseas for to long. The 1st Battalion diary does record 6 officers and 53 other ranks reinforcing them on the night of the 19th-20th September.

Regards.

Llew.

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