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First Name: John Last Name: MOORE
Date of Death: 15/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Bloomsbury
Rank: Private Unit: Lincolnshire1
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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The Battle of the Aisne 13th September -28 September, 1914

After the Germans were defeated on the Marne they fell back to the River Aisne, closely pursued by both the British and the French. The new German line was a very formidable defensive position. To attack it meant having to cross the Aisne and then climb up a 500 foot high ridge on top of which was the Chemin des Dames, a road that gave the Germans an easy way to move troops along the top of the hills. On 13th September the Aisne was crossed by both British and French troops but after that progress became slower, until there was no progress at all. Both sides dug in and the fighting settled down into trench warfare. The fighting on the Aisne continued for two weeks at the end of which both sides realised that frontal attacks on entrenched positions were both costly and non-productive, not that this deterred them from continuing with this tactic throughout the war.

At daybreak on 15th September, the 1st Lincolnshire and 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers battalions of 9 Brigade, 3rd Division, moved out of Vailly to support 4th Royal Fusiliers and 1st Northumberland Fusiliers holding a ridge one mile further north.  They took up a position in a winding sunken road which led from the town and ran up and over the ridge. 4th Royal Fusiliers and 1st Northumberland Fusiliers were astride the road at the top and the German shelling was incessant as 1st Lincolnshire dug in. This was as far as the British advance was to get and it was now trench warfare on the Aisne front. John Moore was one of the battalion’s casualties on this day.

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