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Leyton, Essex, England, Vereinigtes Königreich

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Fuhrmann mit Pferdegespann

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England, Vereinigtes Königreich
British Expeditionary Force
Einberufung ort:
Leytonstone, Essex, England, Vereinigtes Königreich
 —  King's Royal Rifle Corps, 9th Bn.  (Letzte bekannte Einheit)

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Polderhoek, Belgien
Im Kampf gefallen


Tyne Cot Memorial
Tafel: 117A

Auszeichnungen und Orden 2

British War Medal
Medaille — 05/03/1920
Victory Medal
Medaille — 05/03/1920

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Meine Geschichte

Rifleman William Albert Fisk served in the King's Royal Rifle Corps 9th Battalion, part of the 42nd Brigade, of the 14th (Light) Division. The Division participated in the Third Battle of Ypres and the 9th King’s Royal Rifle Corps moved to Flanders in September 1917. It was first stationed in the Messines sector, which was fairly quiet compared to the sectors further north, where the offensive raged.

On the 16th of October the Battalion moved up to the frontline at the hamlet of Polderhoek, where it relieved the 7th Rifle Brigade. The conditions at this part of the front were appalling. The constant shelling had honeycombed the terrain with waterlogged shellholes. Artillery fire had also destroyed the banks of the local irrigation canals. So when it rained the water had no way out, inundating the low-lying areas. The Battalion’s support area had been transformed in a miniature lake, making the deliveries of messages and supplies an arduous task. On top of these difficult circumstances the 9th King’s Royal Rifle Corps faced the German defences at Polderhoek Château. Polderhoek Château was situated on a hill overlooking the wider area. It’s ruins had been transformed into a stronghold, from where the Germans directed their artillery. Consequently the Battalion was frequently subjected shelling, causing heavy casualties. Each German barrage was followed by a British barrage. But many British guns had been worn out by the constant shooting and lacked precision. Therefore many shells fell short and came crashing down on the Battalion’s positions.

During the morning of 22 October 1917 there was considerable German shelling. Around midday the British heavy artillery retaliated and put down a barrage on Polderhoek Château. A large number of rounds fell near the Battalion’s headquarters and into the support lines, where several men were constructing new trenches. The consequences were severe and the battalion suffered a total of 71 casualties. Rifleman William Albert Fisk was possibly one of them, as he was killed in action on the 22nd of October 1917. William Albert Fisk has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

The Battalion was eventually relieved from the frontline on the 24th of October 1917. During their eight-day tour at the front the Battalion suffered a total of 148 casualties. Two officers and 43 other ranks were killed in action. Six more died of their wounds, while two officers and 84 men were wounded. Eleven more men were gassed.

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"The King's Royal Rifle Corps Chronicle: 1917", Byron R., London, John Murray, 1920, pg. 119-121.
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary King's Royal Rifle Corps, 9th Bn.
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