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John Reilly

9080 Private

2nd Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 19th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Division


Date of Death: 10.11.14

Buried: (Royal) Berkshire Corner Memorial Panel 9 & 10

Family history: He was a reservist and prior to joining up was employed at Stein’s Castlecary Works as a kiln setter. He was unmarried.

The action leading to his death

The battalion was in the line at Ploegsteert Wood. On the morning of the 9th November they were advised that they would be attacking the German lines on 10 November. A & D Company’s were between St Yves and the Le Gheer road and the edge of the wood, behind the Lancashire Fusiliers trench and began the advance. ‘D’ company objective was the North West angle of quadrangle C. After arriving at a burning house Captain W A Henderson (officer commanding ‘D’ Coy) gave the order to charge but was hit and fell. ‘D’ Company then lost direction and with ‘A’ Company attacked quadrangle B. Lt Clark with half of ‘B’ Company was in support of ‘D’ Company and when the attack failed he collected men from ‘A’ and ‘D’ and with his half company led them round the burning house and again tried to attack the trenches about B. The attack failed and retired to trenches evacuated by ‘A’ Company. The battalion was ordered to take up a position in the support trenches in the wood. Of the 330 men engaged the casualties were 3 officers missing, 1 officer wounded, other ranks 10 killed, 71 wounded, and 45 missing.

Medals Awarded

1914 Star & Clasp, The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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