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First Name: William Henry Last Name: STUART
Date of Death: 09/09/1914 Lived/Born In: St. John's Wood
Rank: Private Unit: Cornwall Light Infantry1
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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The Great Retreat  of the British Amy finally came to an end on 5th September after thirteen days of continuous falling back whilst fighting rearguard actions from Mons in Belgium to the River Marne. Over the next four days the decisive Battle of the Marne took place and as a result the French army, assisted by the much smaller British Army forced the Germans back to the River Aisne.

1st Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry 14th Brigade, 5th Division

On 9th  September 14Brigade led 5th Division’s advance to Montreuil along the Chateau Thierry- La Ferté-sous-Jouarre road. At La Limon, 1 mile north of Saacy, they met heavy shell fire. Leaving the road they continued their advance through some woods ½ mile to the east but the dense trees made progress very slow. At 1.30am 1st Cornwall emerged from the trees and were fired on by German infantry and artillery, well entrenched on Hill 189 to the south of Montreuil.  1st Cornwall were forced to pull back and 14Brigade’s advance came to a halt.

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