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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Albert Last Name: FULLER
Date of Death: 13/11/1914 Lived/Born In: Kensington
Rank: Private Unit: Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry2
Memorial Site: Menin Gate, Ypres

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Born & Enlisted-Berkshire

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.

2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 5 Brigade, 2nd Division had been engaged in many of these struggles including the last one, the Battle of Nonne Bosschen and on 13th November were occupying trenches that ran from Polygon Wood to the south-east corner of Nonne Bosschen. On the previous day they had been subjected to some heavy shelling but 13th November was a relatively quiet one with only one man, Private Fuller, killed by shell fire.

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