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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Charles Victor Last Name: COLLIP
Date of Death: 15/02/1915 Lived/Born In: Finchley
Rank: Private Unit: Middlesex3
Memorial Site: Menin Gate, Ypres

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Enlisted Finchley

Born Finchley


At the outbreak of war in 1914, 28th Division were in India and it was not until late January, 1915 that they arrived in France. Being a regular division they were quickly put into the trenches and in the case of 85 Brigade that meant water-logged positions south of Ypres near St. Eloi and Oosthoek. It was a far cry from the warmth of India and there were many cases of sickness and frostbite.

During the night of 14th-15th February 1915, the 3rd Middlesex battalion, including five platoons of 2nd East Surrey, had their trenches, “O” and “P” thinly manned whilst they dug a new line to the rear. The Germans took advantage and captured “O” Trench in a raid. The other battalions of 85 Brigade were sent to reinforce but despite the efforts of 2nd East Kent (Buffs), the rest of 2nd East Surrey and some of 3rd Royal Fusiliers, the captured trench remained in German hands.

The next day, 15th February, 2nd East Kent (Buffs) were ordered to hold the Canal Bank south-east of Langhof whilst at 2.30pm, 2nd East Surrey and the remnants of 3rd Middlesex were  ordered to recapture ‘O’ trench. But with no artillery support and an advance over deep mud without guides, little progress was made and heavy casualties were sustained. One of these was Charles Collip of 3rd Middlesex.

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