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Menin Gate, Ypres Menin Gate, Ypres
First Name: Patrick Thomas Last Name: STAUNTON
Date of Death: 20/02/1915 Lived/Born In: Blackfriars
Rank: Private Unit: Welsh1
Memorial Site: Menin Gate, Ypres

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18V, Peabody Buildings, Stamford Street, Blackfriars


In the middle of February, 1915, 85 Brigade of 28th Division came under a heavy attack while holding the line to the south of Ypres during which trenches were lost and then regained after counter-attacks. On 15th February, the 1st Welsh battalion of 84 Brigade were sent from Ypres to relieve some of the battered battalions of 85 Brigade. The trenches they moved into had been badly damaged, were deep in water and mud and large parts of the parapet had been destroyed which greatly increased the danger from enemy snipers. The battalion remained here until 17th February when they were relieved and moved back to Chateau Rosendal. But their rest was short lived and on the next night were sent out to dig a new trench before taking over the existing trench line on 19th February. From this position they supported an attack by the 2nd Royal Lancaster on 20th February against Z Trench where a 50 yard section was still held by the enemy. The fighting was heavy and 1st Welsh suffered nearly 100 casualties including Patrick Staunton who was killed on 20th February.

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