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Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium
First Name: William Last Name: BOAST
Date of Death: 07/11/1914 Lived/Born In: Kentish Town
Rank: Rifleman Unit: Rifle Brigade1
Memorial Site: Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium

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79, Malden Road, Kentish Town


From 22nd October through to 10th November, the 1st Rifle Brigade battalion of 11 Brigade, 4th Division were holding the line at Le Touquet while the rest of the Brigade was in trenches at nearby Ploegsteert Wood. On 7th November the enemy made a strong attack in the early morning mist against 4th Division, sending in eight battalions against 11 Brigade. At Le Touquet, 1st Rifle Brigade were heavily shelled, and at 3.30pm there was a strong infantry attack on their positions after the Germans had sapped quite close.  Despite this pressure the line held firm but there were a number of casualties sustained by the battalion, including William Boast.

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