Pte
Leonard Denton Ayres

Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
1890
Lieu de naissance:
Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
203266
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Unités:
 —  Bedfordshire Regiment, 4th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
30/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Southeast of Poelkapelle, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
27

Mémorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: 49

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Complément d'informations

On the 30th of October 1917 the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division attacked with one Brigade at 5.50 a.m., zero hour. This Brigade, the 190th Brigade, advanced with the 4th Bedfordshires in the center of the divisional front, the 7th Royal Fusiliers on the left and the Artists Rifles on the right. The Canadian Corps was on the right of the Artists Rifles. The Canadian attack in the direction of Passchendaele was successful, reaching the outskirts of the village. However the attack of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division encountered more difficulties.

The conditions on the battlefield were terrible, especially around the Paddebeek. The terrain was one boggy mud plain, which slowed down the advance. The advancing troops were often up to their knees in mud. Making them easy targets for the machine gun and sniper fire of the men of the German 111th Infanterie-Division on the opposing side. While the men of the 63rd Division were struggling in the mud, the Germans dropped a counter-barrage 100 yards behind the British barrage, causing severe casualties.

The boggy terrain combined with relentless German suppressing fire resulted in a meagre British advance. That night the 63rd Division held a line at Source Trench-Varlet Farm-Bray Farm-Berks Houses, only 150-200 yards further from their starting point. The Battalion made only some ground, while the casualties were numerous. The 4th Bedfordshires lost two officers in the attack. Seven officers were wounded. Fifty-two men of the other ranks were killed, 150 men were wounded and 23 men went missing. Private Leonard Denton Ayres was one of the fifty-two men who were killed during the attack of the Bedfordshire Regiment 4th Battalion on the 30th of October 1917.

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Sources 6

"The 16th A History of The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment", Sir Maurice F., London, Constable & Company LTD, 1931, pg. 187-188.
Sources utilisées
"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 133.
Sources utilisées
Ancestry
http://home.ancestry.co.uk/
Autre référence
CWGC
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/846647/AYRES,%20LEONARD%20DENTON
Sources utilisées
The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Sources utilisées
War Diary Bedfordshire Regiment 4th Bn.
http://www.nmarchive.com/
Autre référence