Memorial .Tyne Cot Cemetery

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Military :

Unit :  5th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment 

Action : The Battles of Ypres 1915 (Second Ypres) 

Action :

William STANNARD was an accountant of Stannard & Ellis of St Helens Lancs. An unnamed NCO of 1/5 South Lancs, writing in early May 1915; Poor Captain Stannard was buried in his dug-out. Sergeant-Major Gillon, who was with him, had his leg injured. His Victory Medal came up for auction in August 2009 but the high bid of 44 failed to meet the reserve price.

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.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Croxteth United Service No. 786 E.C.West Lancashire

5th January 1912
1st March 1912
2nd April 1912

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