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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Andrew Henry Last Name: THOMAS
Date of Death: 03/03/1915 Lived/Born In: St. John's Wood
Rank: Private Unit: Royal Fusiliers4
Memorial Site: Menin Gate, Ypres

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56 Charlbert Street, St John's Wood

For the last two days of February 1915, 4th Royal Fusiliers, 9 Brigade, 3rd Division were in support trenches at Rosendale Chateau on the outskirts of Ypres. On the evening of 1st March, 1915 they moved into the front line just to the south of Ypres where they stayed for 2 days and nights.  The battalion diary reports that it was a quiet tour and that on 2nd March there was some German shelling but only a few casualties but other records show that there were 14 men killed on this day, most of them from London. Similarly a further 10 were killed on 3rd March on which day they were relieved and moved back to billets in Kruisstraat. In First World War terms perhaps this was what was meant by “only a few casualties”. 

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