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Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France
First Name: Leslie Last Name: THOMSON
Date of Death: 19/03/1915 Lived/Born In: Tottenham Court Road
Rank: Rifleman Unit: London16
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Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France


For most of the winter of 1914-1915, the 16th London battalion of 18 Brigade, 6th Division were holding trenches opposite the village of Frelinghien on the French-Belgian border just to the north of Armentières with a system of reliefs whereby individual companies moved back for 4 day periods of rest. Leslie Thomson died from wounds on 19th March but there is no further information concerning his death. The attrition rate among British soldiers on the Western Front was on average 300 each day and 60% of these were as a result of shellfire. When not involved in an actual battle it was either shell fire or a sniper’s bullet that caused most deaths and injuries.

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