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First Name: Cyril Frederick Last Name: AUSTIN
Date of Death: 10/03/1915 Lived/Born In: Bayswater
Rank: Second Lieutenant Unit: Royal West Surrey (Queens)2
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1. Carlisle Mansions, Bayswater

Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, France


The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

Between 10th and 13th March, 1915, the Indian Army Corps and IV Corps attacked the village of Neuve Chapelle in the Artois region of France. 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 7.30am on 10th March, a 30 minute hurricane bombardment destroyed the German wire and front line trenches and at 8.05am 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.

7th Division attacked at Neuve Chapelle but 22 Brigade were not involved and the 2nd Royal West Surrey (Queens) battalion remained in their trenches. However they still came under fire from the enemy guns and iy is likely that it was this that accounted for the death of Cyril Austin.

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