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Le Touret Memorial, France Le Touret Memorial, France
First Name: Stanley Alfred Last Name: FOWLES
Date of Death: 10/03/1915 Lived/Born In: Paddington
Rank: Sapper Unit: Royal Engineers 5Field Coy
Memorial Site: Le Touret Memorial

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94 Ashmore Road Paddington

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.

Whilst the main attack went in at Neuve-Chapelle,  a subsidiary attack was launched by 2nd Division a bit further to the south. 6Brigade assaulted on a 750 yard front east of Givenchy with Chapelle St Roche and Violaines as their objectives.  5th Field Company of the Royal Engineers was attached to 2nd Division. Sapper Fowles was killed in action on 10th March 1915 but as yet we have no information as to the circumstances of his death. 

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