Battle or Action:

The Battles of Ypres 1915 (Second Ypres)

  Detail :

 22 April - 25 May 1915. On the 22nd April 1915 the Germans used poison gas at Ypres. This was the first 'official' use of gas and took the Allies by surprise. After initial success capitalising on the confusion and horror of this weapon, a heroic stand, initially by the Canadians and then supported by British and Indian Battalions, held the German advance. However it became clear that the Germans had achieved a tactical advantage and eventually the British were forced to retire to more a more defendable perimeter closer to Ypres. These positions were on the last ridges before Ypres and their loss would have resulted in the loss of the town and possibly open the Channel coast to German occupation with disastrous consequences for the re-supply of the BEF.

 Rank Initials Surname Died Lodge
 Capt. W.L. BOOTH 28-05-1915 Sir Francis Burdett No. 1503
 Maj. C.H. LEWIS 28-05-1915 Aldershot Army and Navy No. 1971
Phoenix No. 257
Rokell No. 2798
 2Lt A.C. CLIFFORD 02-06-1915 Earl of Mornington No. 2000
 Pte. J.E. GILL 02-06-1915 Baron Egerton No. 3513
 Rfn. H.G. CLARKE 03-06-1915 Campbell No. 1415
 Capt. M.C. HAYWARD 23-08-1916 Abbey No. 945
Isaac Newton University No. 859
Old Epsomian No. 3561
Oxford and Cambridge University No. 1118

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