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Le Touret Memorial, France Le Touret Memorial, France
First Name: Royal Last Name: WALTON
Date of Death: 12/03/1915 Lived/Born In: West Hampstead
Rank: Lance Corporal Unit: East Lancashire2
Memorial Site: Le Touret Memorial, France

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Neuve-Chapelle 10-12th March 1915

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 7.30 am on 10th March, a 30 minute hurricane bombardment destroyed the German wire and front line trenches and at 8.05 am 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.

On 12th March the Germans counter attacked. At 4.30am a bombardment fell along the whole front of Indian and IV Corps and at 5am the German infantry advanced as day began to break.  The attack against 24 Brigade was directed against the Road Triangle and the northern part of Neuve Chapelle and was brought to a halt by the rapid fire of 2nd East Lancashire, 1st Worcestershire and 2nd Northamptonshire. Following this, elements of all these 3 battalions occupied the German trench along the Mauquissart road but were then hit by their own artillery fire which was still registering on this line and were forced to evacuate the position.

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