Archive for July, 2010

Lance Corporal Edward Hunt Patten

In Ploegsteert Wood at 8.00 am on 15 July 1917 a shell landed directly amongst Cpl Paten and his Lewis gun crew.5 were killed either instantly or shortly after,one wounded and removed and 2 more suffered shell shock.Paten received serious back injuries and survived only a few minutes.He was buried where he fell but his grave was not found after the war .He is listed on Panels 7-17-23-25-27-29-31 of the Menin Gate Memorial.

Australian Troops during the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial.May 2010

Private William Chalk

On 25 July 1916 the Germans exploded a mine beneath the Canadian positions as they attempted to recapture the Bluff.Although warning was given by Canadian Tunnellers of the impending explosion and an evacuation instigated several troops were killed in a preliminary artillery bombardment.Among them was William Chalk of Ayr,Ontario who is now remembered on Panels 10-26-28 of the Menin Gate Memorial.


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