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The 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
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The 10th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment was raised at Halifax in September 1914 as part of K3 and attached to the 69th Brigade in 23rd Division. After training in England they proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre in late August 1915.
They saw action at the Battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917 in the area of Hill 60.
Those who served with The 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
at The Battle of Messines.
Dennis Cpl. d.10th Jun 1917
Nicholson Pte. d.20th Sep 1917
Fred Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
William Pte. d.20 Sept 1917
F. Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
T. H. Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
R. S. Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
Richard Spencer Pte. d.7th June 1917
Tom Close Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
Richard Pte. d.7th June 1917
- Smith MM.
L. Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
- Troughton MC
Joseph Ernest 2nd Lt.
- Wardman DCM, MM.
John William Sjt.
Isaac Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]
BENEATH HILL 60 tells the extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward, the legendary Australian metal scientist. In 1916, Woodward faced the most difficult decision, ultimately having to separate from his new young love for the deadly carnage of the Western Front. On treacherous territory, behind the German enemy lines, Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers face a suicidal battle to defend a leaking, tunnel system. A tunnel packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War.More information on:
Hill 60: Ypres (Battleground Europe)
The shell-ravaged landscape of Hill 60, some three miles south east of Ypres, conceals a labyrinth of tu nnels and underground workings. This book offers a guide to the memorials, cemeteries and museums at the site 'More information on:
Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]
'Ten seconds, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one - fire! Down goes the firing switch. At first, nothing. Then from deep down there comes a low rumble, and it as if the world is spliting apart...' On 7th June 1917, nineteen massive mines exploded beneath Messines Ridge near Ypres. The largest man-made explosion in history up until that point shattered the landscape and smashed open the German lines. Ten thousand German soldiers died. Two of the mines - at Hill 60 and the Caterpillar - were fired by men of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, comprising miners and engineers rather than parade-ground soldiers. Drawing on the diaries of one of the key combatants, "Benealth Hill 60" tells the little-known, devastatingly brutal true story of this subterranean war waged beneath the Western Front - a stygian battle-ground where men drowned in viscous chalk, suffocated in the blue gray clay, choked on poisonous air or died in the darkness, caught up up in vicious hand-to-hanMore information on:
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