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2017 100th Anniversary 3rd Battle of Ypres of Ypres

2017 – 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele

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 Tutbury Remembers - Passchendaele 

Four men from Tutbury died on the Western Front during the Battle of Passchendaele.  The full details of these men and their families, and all the others from Tutbury who died in WWI, can be found online in the 1st Edition of the Tutbury Book of Remembrance at www.tutbury-book-of-remembrance.org.uk/thebook.html (the 2nd Edition, containing an additional 40 Fallen who were known in Tutbury, is not yet available online, only in hardcopy).

An excellent account of the 1st Bn North Staffs at Passchendaele can be found in The Stoke Sentinel here.  None of the Tutbury Fallen from this period was in the 1st Bn, but the account typifies the experiences of the men.

Gunner Alfred Henry Brettell
Royal Garrison Artillery, 9th Siege Bty
Died Thursday 09 August 1917 aged 27
Buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, France
Remembered on the Tutbury War Memorial

A ‘time expired’ soldier, he re-enlisted in July 1916.  The news of his death from wounds was sent to his mother. In a letter written on 8th August 1917, Alfred was reported as dangerously wounded in his chest and back, whilst both his legs were fractured. A letter sent the next day conveyed the sad news of his death.

Godewaersvelde Cemetery was established next to 37th and 41st Casualty Clearing Stations in preparation for Passchendaele so it would seem highly like that he was wounded in that battle.

Corporal Samuel Wheat
Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment), 1/6th Bn
Died Wednesday 29 August 1917 aged 28
Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France
Remembered on the Tutbury War Memorial

He was wounded in action on 28th August 1917 and died of his wounds the next day. In a letter to Mrs Wheat, Captain J Yeomans wrote that Samuel had died as a result of severe gassing. Gas was mainly used in large battles, so again Passchendaele would appear to be a likely location for his injuries.

Philosophe cemetery lies some 40 miles by road to the south of Ypres.

Private William Smith
Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire) Regiment (Pioneers), 9th Bn.
Died Thursday 11 October 1917 aged 33
Remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial, France
Remembered on the Tutbury War Memorial
Remembered on the Hanbury War Memorial in St Werbergh’s Church

William was killed in action after 2 years 7 months in the service of his King and Country. His possessions – one wallet, photographs, comb, letter, pocket atlas, steel mirror – were returned to Mrs Smith on 28th March 1918. It was by his wallet that he was identified.  

His Service records show that he was buried at South Ypres (burial report numbers 8972 and 13647), though his actual grave appears to have been lost in the ensuing battle(s).

The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing commemorates 34,887 names of men from the United Kingdom and New Zealand Forces who died from the date of 16th August 1917 and who have no known grave.

GDSN. Joseph Pegg
Grenadier Guards 4th Bn, Welsh Guards
Died Friday 12 October 1917 aged 39
Buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, France
Remembered on the Tutbury War Memorial

Joseph had seen service in France for over a year before he was killed in action on 12th October 1917. He was buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, very close to the Passchendaele front line.

A letter to his widow, written by his Commanding Officer contained the following: "Your husband was killed instantaneously and suffered no pain. He always did his duty well and was well liked in the company and will be much missed. He was buried by the Chaplain and a cross will be erected over his grave."

Information on the Centenary of each of the Tutbury Fallen from WWI can be found by following the Facebook page www.facebook.com/twmpp/

This page last updated 31/07/2017 21:09:39