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Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France
First Name: William Matthew Last Name: WINES
Date of Death: 10/04/1917 Lived/Born In: Borough
Rank: Rifleman Unit: Rifle Brigade13
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15, Avon Place, Borough

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France


The Battle of Arras was a series of offensives by the British Army between 9th April 1917 and 16th May 1917. It had been planned in conjunction with the French who would attack in Artois and between them the Allies would force the Germans out of the large salient they had held since the line of trenches was first established. But the Germans had spoiled this plan by falling back to the new and very strong Hindenburg Line in January 1917 and the salient no longer existed.  For the want of an alternative plan the attack went ahead anyway. It all started well for the British who made substantial gains on the first two days but then the offensive ground to a halt and by the end their losses amounted to over 150,000.

At the start of the battle on 9th April, 37th Division was in VI Corps reserve. The plan was that after the three leading divisions had taken the 3rd objective, 37th Division would pass through and take the final objective, a line 1000 yards east of Monchy-le-Preux. On 10th April, 111 Brigade moved into the old German front line and then attacked Monchy-le-Preux from the northern slopes of Orange Hill, with the 10th Royal Fusiliers and 13th Royal Fusiliers battalions. 13th King’s Royal Rifle Corps followed close behind in support. At first they made rapid progress but then German batteries on Greenland Hill, north of the Scarpe, opened up on them as did machine-gun fire from Monchy and the attack was halted 500 yards west of the village. All three battalions as well as 13th Rifle Brigade in reserve, who sent up two companies in the afternoon to support the leading battalions, suffered casualties as a result of the day’s fighting.  William Wines of 13th Rifle Brigade died from wounds on this day and may have been wounded on an earlier date..

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