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5/6 Bn Cmeronians


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Good afternoon,  I am trying to find out in what action if any  200299LCpl Wifred Cyril de Nance was killed when serving in France with the 5/th Bn Cameronians on the 20th May 1917, or simply what the Bn was doing around that time

 

Hoping you can help - many thanks

 

Kincaid

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Hello

 

I think they were in the Hindenberg Line \ Wancourt \ Arras area off the top of my head and under 19th Infantry Brigade

 

Cheers

 

John

 

 

 

 

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Kincaid

 

The battalion was involved in an attack on the Hindenburg Line SE of Croisilles.  They were attempting to capture a feature called 'The Hump' in conjunction with battalions of 100 Brigade who were attacking the Hindenburg Front Trench, the rest of 19 Bde who were to capture the support line and 98 Bde who were attacking along the Hindenburg Line from the left.

 

I'd recommend having a look at the War Diary; http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7353828, at the National Archives for £3.50 or you can find it on Ancestry if you are a member.

Too slow! Diary has about six pages on the action.

 

The 5th Scottish Rifles ('Cameronians' should only refer to the 1st Bn) have a published history which you can get through inter-library loan.

'The Fifth Battalion The Cameronains (Scottish Rifles) 1914-1919'

 

The bn suffered an officer killed and six wounded and about 145 casualties.

 

John, 

 

Not a bad memory! 

 

 

 

Regards

 

Colin

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Rifleman W.C De Nance Is mentioned on the nominal roll of the 5th Battalion Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) TF Who Landed in France 5th November 1914. The roll is made up by company and has Rifleman De Nance listed in Number 2 Company. Also mentioned in the Appendix V. Wilfred. Cyril De Nance Born Glasgow Enlisted Glasgow 200299 L/Cpl KIA F & F 20/5/1917. This information is from the" History of the 5th Scottish Rifles 1914-1919.

 

Cheers Rob.

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