- Tyne Cot Memorial
- Panel: 106
Distinctions and medals
Serjeant William John Latter was part of the 7th Bn. Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment (55th Brigade, 18th Division). In October 1917, the brigade was ordered to take the surroudings of Meunier House after a previous failed attack. During the attack, the 7th Bn. Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment would be positioned at the left flank. Due to the short notice of the attack and a lack of knowledge about the area, starting positions were adjusted some hours before the battle on the 11th October. The Royal West Kent Regiment was to start at Poelcapelle Church (V.19.b.70.25) to V.13.d.45.00. The regiment had as first objective to take approximately V.14.c.30.60. to V.20.a.70.80. the area near Brewery (approximately V.14.c.30.60. to V.20.a.70.80.) and secondly, to move forward the frontline to V.14.b.40.30. to V.14.d.60.40.
At the start of the attack, the Royal West Kent’s barrage fell too short and as a result into the own regiment’s flanks. This resulted in a number of casualties and Germans opening heavy rifle and machine gun fire. Nevertheless, the battalion pushed further. Eventually, a gap was created between the left platoon of the battalion (which progressed quickly and took its objective (V.14.c.25.55.) and the rest of the battalion (which was held up near V.14.c.10.10.).
A line of strong points was created and around 8.50pm orders were given that posts had been established. All men that were not needed there, were to withdraw in the Cane Trench area. The Royal West Kent Regiment was relieved on 13th October.
Serjeant Latter was among the 1200 casualties of the 55th Brigade in this battle.