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Rifle House Cemetery, Belgium Rifle House Cemetery, Belgium
First Name: Archibald Steuart Lindsey Last Name: DANIELL
Date of Death: 19/12/1914 Lived/Born In: Chelsea
Rank: Second Lieutenant Unit: Rifle Brigade1
Memorial Site: 1. South Kensington, St Augustine 2. Brompton, Holy Trinity

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35, Wellington Square, Chelsea

Rifle House Cemetery, Belgium


On the 19th December 1914 a French attack at Arras was planned and in order to prevent German troops from being moved south to counter this, 11 Brigade of 4th Division were ordered to make an attack on the German line east of Ploegsteert Wood between Le Gheer and St. Yves. This attack was carefully planned and went ahead despite the fact that the French offensive at Arras was cancelled. Such are the vagaries of war. The action began at 2.30pm and was carried out by 1st Rifle Brigade on the right and 1st Somerset Light Infantry on the left with the objective being a number of strongholds, the “German Houses”, the capture of which would remove an obvious threat and straighten the line. But luck was not on their side. This was a time of acute shell shortages and the preliminary bombardment in support of this attack was weak and ineffective. To add to their woes almost immediately, the officer in charge of the action was shot dead. However the men raced forward in the centre and braving rifle and machine gun fire as well as their own artillery firing “short” they took two of the strongpoints before being held up. On the left a small party led by Archibald Daniell were all killed as they tried to make contact with 1st Somerset. Realising that no further forward progress was possible the decision was made to consolidate the ground that had been captured and this was carried out before daybreak the next morning. 1st Rifle Brigade’s casualties for this small operation were 70, of whom 26 were killed.

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