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17th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment


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On 29 July 1918 L/Cpl Walter Dalton was killed when with the 17th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. In August the battalion was part of the Battle of Albert.

Can anyone confirm that Walter's death was due to "holding the line" in the trenches or was he involved in a particular action.



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Hi Brian

From We Wunt Be Druv (Hugh Miller) page 293

"The battalion travelled by buses to Bellecourt [*23rd July 1918, West of Arras]. Movement to close support trenches took place on the 25th. During the night of the 28th/29th a move into the front line was made. The change over was wet and slow, however, and the Battalion's first fatal casualties were taken at that time ...

Pte Dalton W
Pte Furnell P J

So he was killed during the take over of the front line trench

* my additions

Hope this helps


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