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Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Belgium Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Belgium
First Name: Edward Last Name: BENDALL
Date of Death: 14/11/1914 Lived/Born In: Bermondsey
Rank: Private Unit: Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry2
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Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Belgium


The battle of Nonne Bosschen 

The battle of Nonne Bosschen  on 11th November, 1914 was the final German attempt to break through the British lines around Ypres. They threw twelve and a half divisions into an attack against a nine mile front, stretching from Messines to Reutel (close to Polygon Wood). The main thrust of their attack was either side of the Menin Road where two fresh divisions, numbering around 10,000 men were sent against eleven tired and depleted British divisions of around 4000 men. The attack was launched at 9 am after the heaviest artillery barrage yet seen and was protected by early morning mist. Astride the Menin Road the defenders were forced to give ground but more critical was the attack that penetrated the Guards Brigade line just to the north and allowed the Germans to get into Nonne Bosschen woods and threaten the artillery line. This threat was averted in the afternoon when a counter attack cleared the Germans from the wood. There was now no chance of a breakthrough and although the Germans made a few minor attacks over the next few days the First Battle of Ypres was finished.


On 11th November, the 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry battalion of 5 Brigade, 2nd Division were the reserve battalion of 2nd Division and in position at Westhoek behind Nonne Bosschen Wood. At 2 pm, when news reached them that the Germans had penetrated the wood, two companies from the battalion moved into it from the north-west, with  the other two companies following in support. One company of 1st Northamptonshire co-operated from Glencorse Wood in the west whilst at the same time,  5th Field Company of the Royal Engineers charged south over open ground between Nonne Bosschen and Polygon Wood.  2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry moved swiftly through the wood killing or capturing any of the enermy who resisted.  Most fled and as they emerged from the wood they were hit by the fire of 1st Northamptonshire and 1st Cameron Highlanders in Glencorse Wood. They paused at the edge of the wood and then, joined by 1st Northamptonshire and the Royal Engineers, moved forward to retake the old support trenches. The Germans either fled or surrendered. 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry remained in these trenches, under shell fire, until relieved on 14th November. Edward Bendall who died from wounds on 13th November.



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