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2nd Btn Queen's Royal West Kent Regiment


Lewis Rogers

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I am conducting research into the men on the two King’s School Worcester war memorials The intention is to produce a commemorative book. I am looking to find details of how men were killed and if possible obtain a photograph of the individual. Could anyone help with the following man who was with the above Regiment?

 

2nd/Lt Arthur William Wentworth LIMBRICK killed 14th March 1917

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His regiment was The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) not the West Kents.  He was a 3rd Battalion man but serving with the 2nd Battalion at the time of his death.  The battalion was taking part in an attack on Bucquoy, a costly and, sadly, failed attack, part of the operations on the Ancre, covered in detail here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operations_on_the_Ancre,_January–March_1917  (the battalion was in the 7th Division).

The battalion and brigade war diaries cover the attack reasonably well.  In brief, as far as the Surreys were concerned, the muddy ground, which, as well as making movement difficult, clogged up their rifles, and the thickness of the wire defences were the major reasons for the failure.  With a small number of other officers, 2 Lt Limbrick managed to get through the first two lines but were held on the third.  The attack which had started at 1 am was called off at 3 am due to the lack of progress.  Two 2nd Bn officers and 26 other ranks were killed , 2 and 67 wounded and 2 and 20 posted missing.

Not sure how much detail you need, I can direct you to the diaries which can be downloaded for £3.50 at the National Archives or found on Ancestry if you have a sub.  The location of the action - give me a few minutes.

 

Max

 

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Max got there before me - he was attached to the 2nd Battalion Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. The war diary is downloadable here at the National Archives for a small fee.

And here at Ancestry.

 

Mike

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The 2 Bn part of the attack was centred on Puisieux south of Bucquoy.  The area is shown here on the side by side map and present day image.  The line they were assaulting essentially ran straight down the middle of the map:

http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=13&lat=50.1335&lon=2.6842&layers=101465218&right=BingHyb

 

The brigade diary has a better description of the action than the battalion diary so you may wish to read both.  http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14053313

and on Ancestry https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/60779/43112_1667_0-00000?backurl=https%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.co.uk%2fsearch%2fdb.aspx%3fdbid%3d60779%26path%3d&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnBrowsing#?imageId=43112_1667_0-00078

 

(One day I shall learn how to turn a long link into the word "here" like Mike!)

 

Max

 

 

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