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15th Batt Tank Corps Hindenburg line


Sgt Stripes

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Hello. I am researching a Pte who was classed as a Driver 1st Class and was wounded on the 27.9.1918. His papers state that his hands were badly burned by petrol on the 27.9.1918. It looks like he was serving in C Company. Can anyone confirm that the 15th Batt did in fact attack the Hindenburg line on that day. Many Thanks. 

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Yes. All 3 companies were in action that day against the Hindenburg Support line.

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Sadbrewer, many thanks for the posting the newspaper article which is indeed fascinating.  This refers to the storming of the Hindenburg Line as "the greatest and final success of the war", which implies he's referring to events in 1918.  However the account reads more like a description of the start of the Battle of Cambrai on November 20 1917, and this is confirmed by his reference to "continu[ing] the advance on to Cambrai".

 

By the way, it's a shame his appeal to save the presentation tank (presumably the one at Cheltenham?) seems to have proved unsuccessful, as in almost every other case.

 

John

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Thank you Peter for the information on C Company. The soldier I am researching is 307148  Pte Archibald Ernest Keatley. I obviously do not know which Tank he was in but it was probably one of the four Tanks hit. Sgt Stripes

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10 hours ago, Sgt Stripes said:

Thank you Peter for the information on C Company. The soldier I am researching is 307148  Pte Archibald Ernest Keatley. I obviously do not know which Tank he was in but it was probably one of the four Tanks hit. Sgt Stripes

He wasn't from the Birmingham area by any chance?

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I agree that Keatley was in C Company. The landships site has the following description of the C Company action on 27 September here.

 

David

 

Apologies I had overlooked that the link to the landships site had already been posted.

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1 hour ago, Sgt Stripes said:

Yes . He was born in Walsall in 1894. 

Its off topic so pm me if it's of any interest, but he was the driver in a fatal road accident in 1930, although he was exonerated by the court.

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