Informationen zu Geburt

Informationen zum Armeedienst

England, Vereinigtes Königreich
British Expeditionary Force
Einberufung datum:
Einberufung ort:
Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, Vereinigtes Königreich
 —  York & Lancaster Regiment, 1/5th Bn.  (Letzte bekannte Einheit)

Informationen zu Tod

Reutel, Beselare, Belgien
Im Kampf gefallen


Polygon Wood Cemetery
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Reihe: A
Grab: 1

Auszeichnungen und Orden 3

British War Medal
Medaille — 22/10/1918
Victory Medal
Medaille — 22/10/1918
Victory Medal
Medaille — 22/10/1918

Punkte von Interesse 3

#1 Geburtsort
#2 Einberufung ort
#3 Ort des Todes (ungefähr)

Meine Geschichte

Private George Scholey Wales served in the York & Lancaster Regiment 1st/5th Battalion, part of the 148th Brigade, of the 49th (West Riding) Division. The Division had participated in the Battle of Poelcapelle on the 9th of October 1917, a phase of the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July – 10 November 1917) and was brought back to the Flanders Front in February 1918.
On 18 March 1918 the Battalion relieved the Duke of Wellington 1st/4th Battalion in the frontline at the Reutel subsector, East of Polygon Wood. The sector remained fairly quiet till the 25th of March.
On 25 March 1918, at 5.0 p.m., the German artillery opened up a heavy hostile barrage of field guns on the left front Coy. headquarters, lasting 30 minutes. At 9.0 p.m., the party consisting of 2nd Lt. F.W. Redshaw, who was awarded the Military Medal, and 31 other ranked, with flanking parties under the order of 2nd Lt. F. Gosling, raided the enemy pill-box in front of the Battalion sector. The raiding party got within 20 yards of the pill-box but then met with stout resistance offered by both infantry and hostile machine gun. Second Lt. F.W. Redshaw and two other ranked were wounded by bombs. There were many casualties inflicted on the enemy but no prisoners were taken. The party withdrew at 9.20 p.m., hostile retaliation did not follow.
On the 26th of March, at 5.0 a.m., the enemy lay down a barrage on the front line. The hostile raiding party of approximately 40 soldiers entered on front line at two points and moved inwards, passing three ports on the way. About 7 minutes passed between the time of entering the lines until the time of exit. Second Lt. E. Cook and four others went missing and eight men were wounded.
Private George Scholey Wales was killed in action on the 26th of March 1918. He was possibly killed during the German artillery barrage on the Battalion’s frontline. He was buried in Polygon Wood Cemetery.

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