Arthur Swindlehurst Wade

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Accrington, Lancashire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

Imprimeur de Calico

Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Lance Corporal
Numéro de service:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Accrington, Lancashire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
 —  East Lancashire Regiment, 2/4th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Augustus Wood, Passchendaele, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: 78

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille — 08/04/1921
Victory Medal
Médaille — 08/04/1921

Points d'intérêt 3

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement
#3 Lieu du décès (approximatif)

Mon histoire

Lance Corporal Arthur Swindlehurst Wade served in the 2/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, part of the 198th Brigade, of the 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division. On 9 October 1917 the Division took part in the Battle of Poelcappelle, a stage in the Third Battle of Ypres. It advanced with two Brigades. The 198th Brigade was on the left and the 197th Brigade on the right of the divisional front. Both Brigades had taken up positions just West of Augustus Wood and Tyne Cottage in wake of the attack. They were to advance towards the town of Passchendaele. Conditions were very poor owing to large water filled shell holes and the constant shell fire.

The 198th Brigade attacked with the 2/9th Manchesters and the 2/4th East Lancs; the 2/5th East Lancs were in support and the 2/10th Manchesters in reserve. The 2/9th Manchesters was to take the first objective of the Brigade. After the first objective had been secured, the 2/4th and 2/5th Easr Lancs were to take the second objective. At 5.20 a.m. the barrage opened and the Battalion went forward behind the 2/9th Manchesters. The Manchesters consolidated a line in Augustus Wood, near the first objective. The 2/4th East Lancs now resumed the attack. However it was found impossible to continue the advance to the 2nd objective. The 2/5th East Lancs had been slowed down by the derelict terrain and had not attacked on time. The terrain near Augustus Wood made any rapid advance impossible and while the men were struggling through the remnants of the wood they came under machinegun fire from pill-boxes at Bellevue, forcing them to take cover. The attack came to a halt.

At dusk a German counterattack pushed the line slightly back, but was eventually repulsed with help from the 2/5th East Lancs. The 2/4th East Lancs and the 2/5th East Lancs, of the 198th Brigade, held the line in Augustus Wood until the night of 10/11th October 1917 when they were relieved by the 11th Australian Brigade. The attack had been an utter failure. The shell logged and marshy terrain, poor artillery support and determined German resistance had caused the advance to die down before it could develop. Casualties were extremely high totalling 316 men wounded, missing or killed.

Lance Corporal Arthur Swindlehurst Wade was killed in action on the 10th of October 1917. He possibly fell while being relieved from or holding the line in Augustus Wood. He has no known grave and is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 120-122.
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary East Lancashire Regiment, 2/4th Bn.
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