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First Name: William Last Name: MAY
Date of Death: 13/09/1914 Lived/Born In: Walworth
Rank: Driver Unit: Army Service Corps 5 Brigade HQ
Memorial Site: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

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Age-19

82, Boyson Road, Walworth

 

The Battle of the Aisne 13th September -28 September

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.

5 Brigade of 2nd Division crossed the River Aisne near Bourg on 13th September and at some stage William May of the Army Service Corps, attached to 5 Brtigade HQ was killed, but there is no further information concerning his death.

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