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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Francis Joseph Last Name: PEITZ
Date of Death: 12/03/1915 Lived/Born In: Walworth
Rank: Lance Corporal Unit: Wiltshire1
Memorial Site: Menin Gate, Ypres

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During the Battle of Neuve Chapelle which was fought between 10th-12th March 1915, 3rd Division were holding the line further north at Spanbroekmolen. Believing that the Germans were sending troops from the Ypres area to reinforce around Neuve Chapelle, British GHQ ordered 7 Brigade to attack to stop further transfers.  At 2.30pm on 12th March the attack went in but the bombardment had been inadequate and the wire not cut.  The attack foundered and both 3rd Worcestershire and 1st Wiltshire, the two attacking battalions, lost heavily with nothing to show for their sacrificial efforts. 

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