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Arthur Holland De Boeck

Information about birth

Date of birth:
04/06/1898
Place of birth:
Edmonton, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Clerk

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
10652
Enlistment date:
21/06/1916
Enlistment place:
Mill Hill, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Honourable Artillery Company, 2/1st Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
09/10/1917
Place of death:
Reutel, Beselare, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
19

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

Private Arthur Holland De Boeck, a former commercial clerk from London, served in the 2/1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry), which was part of the 22nd Brigade, 7th Division. This Division took part in the Battle of Poelcappelle on the 9th of October 1917.

The 22nd Brigade attacked a line north of Reutel, running from a point south of Jolting Houses to a point north of Judge Cottage. Three Battalions were involved in this attack. The 2/1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Company attacked on the left flank of the Brigade and the 2nd Royal Warwickshire’s on the right. The 9th Devon’s were placed in reserve.

At 5.20 a.m. the Brigade advanced and the Honourable Artillery Company was able to capture Reutel. Some men reached the objective, but due to the heavy loss of officers, no messages could be send to the rear. The cemetery east of the village was captured, but Juniper Cottage could not be reached due to German machine-gun fire. Patrol reports at noon mention that soldiers of the Company were seen near Juniper Cottage, the Cemetery and a pill box at near Jolting Houses (28.J.11.25.60.). During nightfall the Devon’s were able to capture Judge Copse and the line was consolidated.

Private Arthur Holland De Boeck, 19 years of age, was killed on that day. He was likely killed during the attack on Reutel. His grave was not recovered after the war and his name is listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Ancestry
https://www.ancestry.com/
Sources used
Chris McCarthy, 'Passchendaele : The Day-by-Day' London: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018, p. 118-119.
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1629745/de-boeck,-arthur-holland/
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Naval & Military Archive
http://www.nmarchive.com/
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The Long, Long Trail
https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/
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