Broughall, J

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  1. Dave Bean

    JOHN BROUGHALL 1/8th London regiment – post office rifles rifleman born 1883 Bolton 57991 & 372886. KIA 24th July 1917 buried Belgium Oak Dump Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Flanders Belgium e.6 memorial id 13949670 soldiers headstone.
    1917 battle of messiness, battle of Pilkem ridge, third battles of Ypres, Cambrai operations. The campaigns in Flanders in 1917 between June & July prior to the battle of Passchendaele from 31st July had been opposed in both England and France. Haigh and general Gough believed the offensive should go ahead, to try and consolidate allied positions after the recent battle of Messines. Preparations for an offensive was continued by all sides up to the battle of Pilckem ridge 31st July. Haigh did not receive permission for his offensive until 25th July, the French had mutinied, the weather was atrocious, and it was regarded as better to postpone until the American expeditionary force arrived, as they had now entered the war. The cost in human lives was tremendous, around 250,000 soldiers killed, wounded or missing! Yet there were some successes during the major offensive. The area we speak of here is close to the city of Ypres now Leper a major allied objective.
    JOHN left £330.4s to Louisa Harriett Broughall his mother
    1911 census Sorting clerk & telegraphist living 99 Jalland Street Hull He had three sisters Janet, Elizabeth & Louisa May.
    P.O. number 28985 appointed 1900 & 1902 386824 P/ Man. 1903 Sorting Clerk & telegraphist

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