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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Arthur Edward Last Name: INGRAM
Date of Death: 07/11/1914 Lived/Born In: Clapham
Rank: Private Unit: Worcestershire3
Memorial Site: 1 Stockwell Memorial 2. Menin Gate, Ypres

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First Battle of Ypres

Between 21st October and 22nd November, 1914 a desperate fight took place around the Belgium city of Ypres, the first of three major battles that were to be fought there during the course of the war. British troops entered Ypres in October. The 1st and 2nd Divisions plus the 3rd Cavalry Division had made their way up from the Aisne as part of the “Race to the Sea”, whilst the 7th Division came west to Ypres after Antwerp had fallen. The Germans knew that Ypres was the gateway to the Channel ports and that these were vital to Britain’s war effort so they poured reinforcements into the area. The fighting fell into three distinct battles; the Battle of Langemarck, 21-24 October, the Battle of Gheluvelt, 29-31 October and the Battle of Nonne Bosschen, 11 November. Ypres did not fall to the Germans but its defence during these two months resulted in the destruction of much of the old regular British Army.

On 7th  November a  strong attack was made against 4th Division’s line running 2 ½ miles from Le Touquet to St Yves.  1st Rifle Brigade and 1st Hampshire held that stretch of the line between the river and Le Gheer an 3rd Worcestershire, on loan from 7 Brigade, 3rd Division and 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers held the line from there, past the eastern side of Ploegsteert Wood to St Yves. At 7.30 am, in thick mist a large group of Germans broke through the centre and right of 3rd Worcestershire and then spread out into the Wood.  Two hours later when the mist had thinned a counter attack by the two support companies of 3rd Worcestershire and a company each from 1st Irish Fusiliers and 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers stopped any further forward movement by the Germans but they were unable to recover any lost ground.  The wood was cleared by a further counter attack by two companies of 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers whilst a coy of 1st East Lancashire expelled the Germans from their other gains except for a group of houses round the White Estaminet north of Le Gheer. 4th Division’s losses amounted to 400 of which 3rd Worcestershire’s were 208. 

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