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Le Touret Memorial, France Le Touret Memorial, France
First Name: Edward Last Name: ROSS
Date of Death: 10/03/1915 Lived/Born In: Earl's Court
Rank: Lance Corporal Unit: London13
Memorial Site: Le Touret Memorial

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The Indian Army Corps and IV Corps attacked the village of Neuve Chapelle in the Artois region of France between 10th and 13th March, 1915. During the winter of 1914-1915, reinforcements had arrived from Britain and this was seen as an opportunity to use them to break through the German lines.

It started well. At 7.30am on 10th March, a 30 minute hurricane bombardment destroyed the German wire and front line trenches and at 8.05am the infantry went in. Neuve Chapelle was captured and over a mile of the German line taken. But that was the end of the success.  The British chain of command was weak and their communications poor, which was hardly surprising given that many of the troops had no previous experience of battle. The Germans re-organised and reinforced during the night and no further gains were made. British casualties mounted to 12,000 by the time the offensive petered out on 13th March.

For the attack by 25 Brigade, 8th Division, 13th London were in Brigade reserve and when the attacking troops moved off, 13th London moved up to the breastworks that they had vacated. C Company was detailed as a working party for the two leading battalions, 2nd Berkshire and 2nd Lincolnshire, and at 9am moved forward into the thick of the battle. An hour later, B Company moved up in support of 1st Royal Irish Rifles whilst D Company were attached to the Royal Engineers. By the afternoon all of 25 Brigade’s objectives had been obtained and 13th London were back in the old British line except for 2 platoon who remained in Neuve Chapelle in support of 2nd Lincolnshire. 

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