Pte
George William Adlard

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1892
Place of birth:
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Labourer

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
G/15345
Enlistment place:
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
31/07/1917
Place of death:
Mouse Trap Farm, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
25

Cemetery

Buffs Road Cemetery
Plot: /
Row: D
Grave: 42

Distinctions and medals 2

Additional information

Private George William Adlard served in the Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Battalion, part of the 116th Brigade of the 39th Division. The 39th Division was to participate in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, on the 31st of July, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres.
The Division attacked with two Brigades plus one in support at Zero hour, 3.50 a.m. The 116th Brigade advanced on the right of the divisional front with the 11th, 12th and 13th Royal Sussex and the 14th Hampshire Regiment. The 117th Brigade on the left consisted of the 16th Sherwood Foresters, the 17th King’s Royal Rifle Corps; the 16th Rifle Brigade and the 17th Sherwood Foresters were in support. The 118th Brigade was in support with the 1/6th Cheshires, 1/1st Hertfordshires and 4/5th Black Watch; The 1/1st Cambridgeshires were in support. The attack of the Division was also supported by eight tanks.
The 12th Royal Sussex attacked from positions near the hamlet of Wieltje at Cross Roads Farm. The Battalion had three objectives. Their first objective, the Yellow Line, were parts of a trench system called Caliban Trench, Calliban Support and California Trench. To reach the second objective, the Red Line, the Battalion had to push through the remnants of the German Trench System and capture Caliban Row, part of Caliban Reserve. The third objective, the Blue Line (roughly from C.17.c.7.0. to C.17.c.0.4.), were what remained of California Reserve and a trench running Northeast of Mouse Trap Farm.
The 12th Royal Sussex was the first Battalion of the 116th Brigade to attack. At 3.50 a.m. the Battalion moved forward behind a British barrage. The Battalion succeeded in taking and consolidating all their objectives. The battered German frontline and support and reserve trenches were quickly taken with only slight casualties. The Germans had expected an attack and had left most of the frontline and had established positions in strongpoints at the reserve trenches, in order to split up the advancing British troops. The attack of the other Battalions which passed through the 12th Royal Sussex was halted in front of the town of Sint-Juliaan at the Albrecht-Stellung, the first of the Germans fortified defense lines at the Ypres salient. The 12th Royal Sussex suffered about 62 casualties. One officer was killed, another was wounded and the Battalion lost about 60 other ranks, who were either wounded or killed. Private George Willaim Adlard was one of men of the 12th Royal Sussex who was killed in action in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge. He was buried at the Buffs Road Cemetery North East of the town of Ieper.

Sources 5

"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 26-27.
Sources used
Ancestry
http://home.ancestry.co.uk/
Further reference
CWGC
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/451549/ADLARD,%20G%20W
Sources used
The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Sources used
War Diary Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Bn.
http://www.nmarchive.com/
Further reference