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First Name: Henry John Last Name: BARRY
Date of Death: 15/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Bethnal Green
Rank: Private Unit: Royal Berkshire1
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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Age-20

52 Shipton Road, Hackney Road, Bethnal Green

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 14th  September, 1st Royal Berkshire had been engaged with the rest of  6 Brigade,  2nd Division in the struggle to capture the Moussy spur leading up to the Chemin des Dames. They advanced under heavy howitzer fire to the foot of the main ridge and there they were checked. As yet we have no information of what happened the following day, the 15th September, when Private Barry was killed.

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