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First Name: Ernest George Last Name: MERECKI
Date of Death: 04/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Pimlico
Rank: Private Unit: South Lancashire2
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Frameries Communal Cemetery, Belgium

 

The Battle of Mons  August 23, 1914

This was the first battle fought by the British Army (BEF) in the war. Since landing in France ten days earlier the four infantry divisions and five cavalry brigades of the BEF had advanced to a position on the left flank of the French Armies only to find themselves directly in the line of the advance of the German First Army as they swept through Belgium and headed for Paris. With orders to hold the German advance for 24 hours and outnumbered two to one, the BEF dug in along the Mons-Conde canal. The battle commenced at 9 am and lasted all day. By nightfall the BEF had withdrawn to the Valenciennes-Maubeuge road, a position from which the Great Retreat began the next day. British casualties, killed, wounded or missing, amounted to 1600 for the battle. German casualties were higher.

 

According to the records Ernest Merecki of the 2nd South Lancashire battalion of 7 Brigade, 3rd Division, died from wounds on 4th September, 1914 and is buried in a cemetery close to Mons. By this time the BEF had retreated to positions south of the River Marne, many miles  from Mons, so it can be assumed that he was wounded during the Battle of Mons and died whilst a prisoner of the Germans.

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