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James Agnew

Informatie over geboorte

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Noord-Ierland, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Strijdmacht:
British Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Rifleman
Service nummer:
42470
Dienstneming plaats:
Belfast, Antrim, Ierland, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Eenheden:
 —  Royal Irish Rifles, 14th Bn. (Young Citizens)  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
16/08/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Corn Hill, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Leeftijd:
19

Gedenkplaats

Tyne Cot Memorial
Paneel: 138A

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal
Medaille
Victory Medal
Medaille

Points of interest 2

#1 Geboorteplaats
#2 Dienstneming plaats

Mijn verhaal

James Agnew was a 19-year old boy who fell during the Battle of Passchendaele. He originated from Ballymacarrett, County Down in Ireland and served with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Young Citizens), part of the 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

The Ulster Division participated in The Battle of Langemarck (16 August 1917), a phase of the Battle of Passchendaele, fighting alongside the 16th (Irish) Division. The 14th Royal Irish Rifles were the first to attack. They went over the top at 4.45 a.m. Things went wrong from the start. The preliminary barrage hadn’t been able to take care of the German blockhouses and the men ran right into the relentless German machine-gun fire, coming from Corn Hill and Pond Farm. The attack had been checked even before it could develop.

In a desperate attempt to silence the German strongpoints all able men were sent forward. Corn Hill was eventually captured, but the high amount of casualties made any further advance impossible and the men dug in. Throughout the rest of the day the German artillery shelled the Irish positions and casualties kept stacking up. To make things worse, all first aid stations had been taken out by shell fire and the wounded couldn’t be treated. They had to be carried all the way to the hinterland.

The whole attack had been an utter failure. The 14th Royal Irish Rifles had gone into battle with 19 officers and 480 men. 41 men and 5 officers were killed in action, 4 officers and 216 men were wounded and 1 officer and 65 men went missing. Rifleman James Agnew was one of the many who were killed during the attack on Corn Hill. James has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Bronnen 5

"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 52-55.
Gebruikte bronnen
Ancestry
https://www.ancestry.com/
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/845756/agnew,-james/
Gebruikte bronnen
The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
Gebruikte bronnen
War Diary Royal Irish Rifles, 14th Bn. (Young Citizens)
http://www.nmarchive.com/
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