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First Name: Sydney Ryder Last Name: BOURNE
Date of Death: 15/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Brixton
Rank: Corporal Unit: Royal West Surrey (Queens)1
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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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 West Surrey (Queens) of 3 Brigade, 1st Division had fought their war up to the Chemin des Dames but over the next two days they were unable to make any further advance and were subjected to heavy German artillery fire. Trench warfare had been established on the Aisne front.

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