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Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, France Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, France
First Name: Joseph Last Name: FRENCH
Date of Death: 03/08/1917 Lived/Born In: Bishopsgate
Rank: Private Unit: Essex9
Memorial Site: Bishopsgate, St Botolph

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Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, France


On 1st August, 1917 the 9th Essex battalion of 35 Brigade, 12th Division moved into the front line near Arras. On the following day they came under a heavy artillery bombardment and then, that night, the enemy launched an attack which forced an entry in their lines between Pick and Vine Avenues. However their success was short lived as they were driven back by the battalion’s bombers who restored the original positions. However, during the shelling and the subsequent infantry attack 9th Essex suffered a number of casualties, one of whom was Joseph French.

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