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Vicks

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William Henry Taylor 251508 6th battn
« on: February 28, 2011, 08:21:08 PM »
Hello
I have just joined and very much wanting to know more about my great Uncle William Henry Taylor 251508 private in the 1st/6th Manchester Regiment.  He was born in 1893 in Liverpool.  I have photographs of soliders in Eygpt so I guess he served there before going to France/Belgium where he was killed in action on the 6th September 1917.  I have a letter written by Geo Wood Seargent to say he was shot instantly.  He is buried in Potijze Chateau Cemetery and I was lucky enought to visit it last week.  Does any one have the war diary for this time to tell me exactly where he was shot.  The Potijze Chateau was part a dressing station I understand and was never behind German lines.  Can any one help?
Vicks  ;D
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Re: POTIJZE CHATEAU Lawn Cemetery
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 07:25:29 AM »
hi vicks, and welcome to the forum, to start you of,  tonyrod

the 1/6 battalion

4th August 1914. No3 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester,
At the end of August as part of the Manchester Brigade. East Lancashire Division,
The battalion moved into camp at Hollingworth Lake near Littleborough, Rochdale.
On the 10th September 1915 the battalion sailed from Southampton on the Caledonia
for Egypt arriving Alexandria, 25th Sept.
On the 6th May 1915, landed at Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion at W and V beaches,
26th May 1915, formation became part of the 127th Brigade, 42nd (East Lancs) Division.
On the 8th/9th January 1916 the battalion was evacuated via Mudros to Egypt,

March 1917 to France.

On the 11th November 1918, as part of the 127th Brigade, 42nd Division was in France
in the Hautmont area, S.W. of Maubeuge

The 42nd (East Lancashire) Division in 1914-1918

http://www.1914-1918.net/42div.htm

127th (Manchester) Brigade    
1/5th Bn, the Manchester Regiment    
1/6th Bn, the Manchester Regiment    
1/7th Bn, the Manchester Regiment    
1/8th Bn, the Manchester Regiment    left for 126th Bde February 1918
127th Machine Gun Company    joined 14 March 1916, moved to 42nd Bn MGC 23 Feb 1918
127th Trench Mortar Battery    joined 26 March 1917

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_%28East_Lancashire%29_Infantry_Division

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Re: POTIJZE CHATEAU Lawn Cemetery
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 02:59:50 PM »
Thanks for this, how do I find out where they were on the 6th September 1917?

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Re: POTIJZE CHATEAU Lawn Cemetery
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 03:38:00 PM »
the divison were her,

23 August – 1 September 1917 : Joined 5 Corps in Fifth Army.
Infantry in Poperinghe area behind Ypres for training.
Divisional artillery entered line immediately in support of
15th Division near Potijze Chateau.

* 1–18 September 1917 : Ypres. Infantry relieved 15th Division in the line to the right of Potijze Road near Frezenberg Ridge. On 6 September 125 Brigade made an unsuccessful attempt to capture the fortified Iberian, Borry and Beck Farms. (Third Battle of Ypres)

 hope this helps.
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Re: POTIJZE CHATEAU Lawn Cemetery
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2011, 03:06:37 PM »
Here is a photo of William Taylor Thanks for your help

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Re: POTIJZE CHATEAU Lawn Cemetery
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011, 03:08:50 PM »
The photograph of William H Taylor grave sent to his parents

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Re: William Henry Taylor 251508 6th battn
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2011, 07:44:41 PM »
Hi Vicks

here is his entry in 'Soldiers Died'

i will move this topic over to the great war section

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