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First Name: Albert Edward Last Name: JANES
Date of Death: 15/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Lewisham
Rank: Private Unit: Cornwall Light Infantry1
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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Born-Bermondsey

The Battle of the Aisne 13th September -28 September

After the Germans were defeated on the Marne they fell back to the River Aisne, closely pursued by both the British and the French. The new German line was a very formidable defensive position. To attack it  meant  having to cross the Aisne and then climb up a 500 foot high ridge on top of which was the Chemin des Dames, a road that gave the Germans an easy way to move troops along the top of the hills. On 13th September the Aisne was crossed by both British and French troops but after that progress became slower, until there was no progress at all. Both sides dug in and the fighting settled down into trench warfare. The fighting on the Aisne continued for two weeks at the end of which both sides realised that frontal attacks on entrenched positions were both costly and non-productive, not that this deterred them from continuing with this tactic throughout the war.

On 15th  September, 14 Brigade, 5th Division advanced along the Chivres spur with 1st Cornwall Light Infantry supported by 2nd Manchester. The advance was stopped when they came up against stout German resistance from the end of the Chivres spur. Crowded together in the village of Missy along with the rear battalions of 15 Brigade 1st Cornwall Light Infantry were spotted by a German plane and at 10am German artillery hit the village with such ferocity that they were forced to evacuate the place for a while.

 

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