William Henry Twist

Informations sur naissance

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Lieu de naissance:
Forbes, New South Wales, Australia

Informations générales


Informations service militaire

Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
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Incorporation nom de lieu:
Moore Park, Sydney, South Wales, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 20th Bn. (New South Wales)  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

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Lieu de décès:
Anzac, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XXX
Rangée: C
Tombe: 4

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 3

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement
#3 Lieu du décès ou lieu d'inhumation d'origine

Mon histoire

Private William Henry Twist served in the Australian Infantry 20th Battalion, part of the 5th Australian Brigade, of the 2nd Australian Division. The 2nd Australian Division participated in the Battle of the Menin Road (20-25 September 1917), a stage in the Third Battle of Ypres. The 5th Australian Brigade attacked with the 20th Battalion and the 18th Battalion in support; the 17th and 26th Battalions were in reserve.
Moments before the allied artillery barrage opened, the German artillery started shelling the jump-off lines of the 20th Australian Battalion. At 5.40 a.m. the allied artillery barrage came down, followed by the advancing Battalions. When the 20th Battalion crossed the Westhoek Ridge the German barrage came down heavily on them, causing several casualties. Nevertheless the attack went on and the Battalion only encountered slight resistance, from a line of old concrete artillery shelters, causing a slight hold up. By 7.24 a.m. the allied barrage crept over the ridge above Hanebeek Wood, and the men went on to the first objective and captured it around 7.30 a.m. Thusly the 20th Battalion had gained its objective and started to consolidate the line. For several hours their positions on the ridge were heavily shelled.
Enemy shelling was intermittent throughout the day and the next one, but the men held the line. The night was quit and the 20th Battalion was relieved from the frontline by the 19th Battalion on the following day.
Private William Henry Twist was killed in action on the 20th of September 1917, during the Battle of Menin Road. He was buried in the field, just south of Anzac House. His remains were exhumed after the war and were interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 72-75.
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Australian War Memorial
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National Archives of Australia
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary A.I.F. 20th Bn.
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