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The 19th Btn. Middlesex Regiment were the Pioneer Battalion of the 41st Division near St Eloi during the 1917 Battle of Messines.

Those who served with the 19th Btn. Middlesex Regiment

at The Battle of Messines.

  • Bearryman
  • Thomas Edward Cpl.

    Die Hard, Aby!: Abraham Bevistein - The Boy Soldier Shot to Encourage the Others

    David Lister

    'Die Hard, Aby!' tells Aby's story, rather than that of the historic times through which he lived. If a well known battle rages while Aby sits in a trench several miles away, writing to his mum - we are with Aby. We follow him from the Russian occupied land of his birth, across Europe to his East End home, and then through school days and the events that led to the Great War. One of the first to join, we see him through training and on to duty at the Front. We are with him in the mud of the trenches and share his deprivations through the cold of the winter of 1915. After 10 months in France, we see what led him to leave the Front without authority. We are with Aby again when as a 17-year-old boy he walks to his fate on a cold, March dawn in 1916. Finally we examine the impact his short life had on his times and on ours.

    If you know of anyone who served with this unit at the Battle of Messines, please complete the form below so that they can be remembered.

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