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Apologies for the poor quality. This was just a quick video I took on my phone.

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The 10th Battalion of The Durham Light Infantryfound themselves under sustained attack by German troops following a 2 hour bombardment.While manning an isolated bombing (hand grenade) post Pte J Virtue was killed by a shell fragment.He now rests in Essex Farm Cemetery. 

 

Pte J Virtue,Essex Farm Cemetery

Pte J Virtue,Essex Farm Cemetery

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On 23rd January 1917, the 8th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry attempted a trench raid at Sanctuary Wood.This raid was unsuccessful resulting in 1 killed,40 wounded and 4 missing.

Captain Donahoo,who had not been involved in the original raid,volunteered to go into No Man’s Land to search for the missing men.Almost immediately he was spotted by an alert German sniper and shot.He was recovered to the trench but died a week later.

Captain Donahoo was an extremely loved and popular officer whose passing was commented upon in the 23rd Division’s History.

 

Capt MG Donahoo Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Capt MG Donahoo Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

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When considering the carnage of The Great War it is easy to forget that many men were lost in so-called “small scale actions”. This was the case when 100 Germans attacked a position held by the men of the 2nd Battalion, The Otago Regt of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Pte John Carlin was wounded in a mortar bombardment prior to the successful defence of the New Zealander’s defences.

John Carlin actually came from Scotland and had emigrated with his parents.It shows how strong the call of duty was that he returned from the other side of the world to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Pte John Carlin, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Pte John Carlin, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

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