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First Name: Rosslyn Curzon Last Name: EVELEGH
Date of Death: 19/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Wimbledon
Rank: Captain Unit: Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry2
Memorial Site: Wimbledon, St Mary

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Age-29

Soupir Churchyard, France


The Battle of the Aisne 13th September -28 September, 1914

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 19th September, 1914, 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry of 5 Brigade, 2nd Division,  were at La Cour de Soupir, a farm with a stone quarry nearby. At 1.15pm, enemy artillery hit the farm, the quarry and the road joining them. A & D Companies were in trenches, or rather a line of individual holes, which ran around the farm, where they were joined by some of C Company when an infantry attack threatened. This attack was not pressed home but during the course of the afternoon and evening 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry suffered  35 casualties, 9 of whom were killed. Captain Evelegh had been wounded on 16th September and had only just rejoined the battalion. He was killed instantly when he left his cover to turn loose some farm animals that were trapped in a burning out building

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