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I'm looking for information from diaries or other on Riffle-man Robert John Blacoe who was killed in action in France 18th May 1915 - does anyone know which battle this was?

I know he is at rest at Le Touret memorial.

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His service record says he enlisted on 23 June 1913 and was killed in action 18 may 1915 at Richebourg I'avoue ( spelling could be wrong but this is what it looks like )

Hope this help's


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From Westlake

1/5th King’s (Liverpool Rgt.) May 1915

March from Bethune via Essars to Le Touret, then later to Richebourg St. In reserve during fighting at Aubers Ridge. Held in brigade reserve during the Battle of Festubert. ‘C’ and ‘D’ Companies recorded on 15th as located in Queen Mary’s Road. ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies in Prince Albert Road were attached to the Royal Engineers for the purpose of digging a communication trench across No Man’s Land. Little was achieved, however, due to heavy fire and casualties. Battalion moved up front line at 4am on the 16th. War Diary on 17th records that men of the 1st King’s could be seen entering the German line and clearing trenches from left to right. The enemy were surrendering, but fearing – ‘A treacherous use of the white flag,’ the battalion’s machine guns were made ready. Moved forward during afternoon and held captured trenches during the attack being carried out on Ferme Cour d’Avone. Relieved on 18th and to Le Touret. Casualties – 13 officers and 341 ORs killed, wounded or missing.

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Thanks for help guys - really appreciate it!

As you've been so good with the regimental history do you know any more about this guy; what battle was he killed in?


Birthplace Ashton in Makerfield
Residence Bury, Lancashire
Enlisted Bury
Rank Private
Regiment The Kings (Liverpool Regiment)
Battalion 18th
Age 31
Date of Death 21/9/1917
Service No. 300040
Additional Information Son of William and Ellen Boon(Wood), 84 Nicol Road, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan(1911). James had 3 sisters Alice,
Ellen and Mary. Brother in law of James Rogerson, 39 Old Road, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan.(James Rogerson married Alice Boon, St. Thomas’, 1914.) Employed as a drawer at Garswood Hall Colliery. James was in the Lancashire Yeomanry and was called up at the start of
the war. Type of Death Killed in Action (by a shell)
Grave/Memorial Ref. E. 15
Cemetery Torreken Farm Cemetery No. 1, Belgium.
Formerly 251371 Lancashire Hussars Yeomanry



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Boon was killed in the Third Battle of Ypres, or more specifically, the 2nd day of the Battle of the Menin Road. He was fighting in the vicinity of the village of Wieltje.

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Looks like he was a victim of enemy shelling. See (attached) my transcription of the War Diary for that period (31/07/17 to 25/09/17)

(Morning, Ken :) )

Diary 06.pdf

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