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West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons)

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Those known to have served with

West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Anderson Valentine James. 12th Btn. (d.7th April 1916)
  • Anson Harris Hartas. 2nd Lt 5th Btn (d.30th Aug 1918)
  • Auty Benjamin. Gnr.
  • Barker Edward. Pte.
  • Beaumont Frank. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Bennett Benjamin . Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Bentley Alfred. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th April 1917)
  • Bentley George. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Bolam Matthew. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.7th Nov 1918)
  • Bolton Richard. Captain 10th Btn. A Coy Cmd.
  • Bolton Walter. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd November 1918)
  • Booth Angus. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.3 Sept 1916)
  • Booth George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Apr 1915 )
  • Bradbury Dennis. Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Braddock Nicholson. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Brown Charles Henry. Cpl. 71st Sanitary Division (d.29th Apr 1918)
  • Brown Fred. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Brown Harry. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Brown John James. Sgt. 1st/6th Battalion (d.31st Mar 1918)
  • Bullen Earnest John. Pte. (d.27th Oct 1916)
  • Burns Davidson Ross. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.15th April 1917)
  • Burridge Alfred. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Bury James. Sgt. 1/6th Btn. (d.13th Apr 1918)
  • Calvert Lewis C.. Pte. 1/5th Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Carter Frank. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.28th August 1918)
  • Chadwick Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.27th Aug 1917)
  • Chappell Frank. L/Sgt. 1/4 Btn. (d.19th December 1915)
  • Clarkson Leonard. Sgt. 1st/6th Bn (d.26th July 1916)
  • Collins George Henry. Cpl. 26th (Tynside Irish) Btn. (d.10th Nov 1916)
  • Cordwell Herbert. Pte. 2nd Btn. A Coy. (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • Costello John. Pte
  • Cox Charles. Sjt.Mjr. 1/7th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1916 )
  • Davies F. C.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.21st Sept 1917)
  • Denby William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20 Sept 1917)
  • Doggett George Patrick. 2nd Lt. 69th Trench Mortar Battery (d.4th Jul 1917)
  • Downs Harry. Pte. 1/6 Btn. (d.3rd Mar 1917)
  • Eastick George. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.30th June 1918)
  • Edwards James. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Exley Albert. 18th Btn.
  • Feather Arthur Broxup. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Flanaghan Richard. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Fogg George William. Pte. 1st/6th Btn. (d.11th Oct 1918)
  • Ford Benjamin. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th August 1914)
  • Garside Wilfred. Pte. 2/4th Btn (d.8th April 1918)
  • Goddard Percy. Pte. 1/7th Battalion (d.12th Jun 1916)
  • Green Fred. CSM. 9th (Service) Battalion (d.7th July 1916)
  • Greenwood F.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Hagan Thomas. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.13th July 1916)
  • Haggas Traverra. L/Cpl. 3rd Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Hanson T. H.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Harte James. Capt. (d.1st Nov 1918)
  • Hartell George. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Helliwell William Henry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.1st Dec 1916)
  • Hills Thomas. Pte. 13th Btn. BCoy. 6 Platoon
  • Hodkin John. CQM Sgt.
  • Horsley Joseph William. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.2 Sep 1918)
  • Howard R. S.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Howard Richard Spencer. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.7th June 1917)
  • James Matthew Pattison. Pte. 2/4th Btn. (d.12 September 1918)
  • Jenkins William John. Pte. 2nd. Battalion (d.5th May 1915)
  • Joy John. Pte. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Keywood James. Sgt. 8th Btn, X Coy, 6 Platoon
  • Langley Samuel. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Lickiss Charles Frederick. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.21 December 1915)
  • Little Benjamin. Colour Sgt. 4th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Lomas John Thomas. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.19th Oct 1915)
  • Loosemore Arnold. Sgt. 8th Btn.
  • Loosemore Arnold. Sgt.
  • Mason Thomas. Cpl. West Riding 9th Battalion (d.4th November 1918)
  • Metcalfe William. Pte. 2/4th Batalion (d.22nd November 1917)
  • Monk Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st/6th Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Naylor Tom Close. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Nedderman Robert Moses. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.20th July 1918)
  • Nelson Richard. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Nicholson T.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th November 1915)
  • Partridge Heber William Henry. Sgt. 1/6th Bn.
  • Pretty Howard S.. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Rainsforth Ernest. 2/5th Btn.
  • Revell Albert. Pte 2/7th Btn (d.9th March 1918)
  • Ross Francis George. Pte.
  • Russell John William. L/Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.7th May 1918)
  • Rutherford James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Sams Phillip. 2nd Btn. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Shorrocks John Charles William Cumberland. Pte. (d.18th Sep 1916)
  • Smith Alvin. Pte. 1/7th Btn (d.17th Sept 1916)
  • Smith Herbert. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Smith Herbert. Pte. 10th Battalion
  • Stead Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Feb 1917)
  • Storey Albert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th July 1918)
  • Sutcliffe James Townsend. 10th Btn.
  • Sykes Arthur. 2nd Btn. 5 Coy.
  • Sykes Ernest. Pte. 27th Btn. (4th Tyneside Irish)
  • Sykes L.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Thackerey Frederick Rennell . Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.18th April 1915)
  • Troughton Joseph Ernest. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn.
  • Wagstaff John William. Cpl. 1/7th Battalion (d.1st Oct 1915)
  • Wardman John William. Sjt. 10th Btn.
  • Washington Harry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.16th June 1915)
  • Wells Isaac. Pte. 10th Btn. A Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Wood Wilfred. Pte. 9th Btn. (Service) (d.4th November 1918)
  • Woodwiss Frederick Arthur. L/Cpl. 9th Battalion (d.7th July 1916)
  • Woodwiss Frederick Arthur. L/Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)

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Pte. George Eastick 1st/7th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment. (d.30th June 1918)

George Eastick was killed in action 30/06/1918, aged 17. (Age officially given as 19) He was born in Great Yarmouth, the son of James Alfred and Alice Maud Eastick, of 20 Norfolk Place, Boston

s flynn


Pte. Robert Moses Nedderman MM 5th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment (d.20th July 1918)

Robert Nedderman was killed in action 20th July 1918, aged 24 and buried in the Marfaux British Cemetery in France. He was the husband of the late Sarah Ellen Nedderman (formerly Thorpe), and father of Annie and Robert Nedderman of Oldham, England.

Lance-Corporal Nedderman was awarded the Military Medal in March 1918. According to the official record, the medal was awarded, "for absolute fearlessness and devotion to duty as stretcher-bearer during an attack on March 28, when he attended to the wounded under the heaviest shell fire, and on one occasion when a man from one of the forward posts had been wounded before reaching our line, brought him in under heavy machine gun and rifle fire". He was also wounded 3 times between March 1915 and July 1918.

s flynn


Pte. Ernest Sykes VC. 27th Btn. (4th Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers

Ernest Sykes was born in 1885, in Mossley, Yorkshire and died, in 1949, at Lockwood, Yorkshire. He originally enrolled in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (West Riding), 8th Battalion, service number 13425. He served in the Balkans campaign of 1915 where he received a serious foot injury. After recovering from his injury, he was assigned to the 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Irish), service number 40989, and embarked for France.

In April 1917, his Battalion was involved in the Battle of Arras where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. The citation for the award is: - On 9 April (Easter Monday) 1917, near Arras, France, the battalion in attack was held up by intense fire from front and flank, and suffered heavy casualties. Private Sykes, despite this heavy fire, went forward and brought back four wounded. He then made a fifth journey and remained out under conditions which appeared to be certain death, until he had bandaged all those too badly injured to be moved.

There is a plaque, in his honour, at Mossley Railway Station.


Pte. Thomas Chadwick 8th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment Regiment (d.27th Aug 1917)

Thomas Chadwick was born in the March quarter of 1892 in Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, the son of Reuben and Bridget, brother to John, Adam, George Robert and Charles Henry.

In 1901 at the age of 8 he was living at 8 Chapel Street, Mossley with his parents and in 1911 aged 19 he was a cotton piecer living on Chapel Street, Mossley with his parents. In 1913 a Thomas Chadwick married a Amy Hall, this may have been him.

Thomas was killed in action on the 27th of August 1917 and is commemorated on Panel 82 to 85 and 162A of the Tyne Cot Memorial. On Saturday 9th October 1920 the Mossley War Memorial was officially unveiled. Present at the ceremony the Mayor said “We are met here today to honour the brave and noble men who kept the enemy from our shores in the greatest war the world has ever known”. The "Last Post" was sounded, followed by a solemn silence, a hymn was sung, and then over 70 tributes were laid. The vicar gave a blessing and the National Anthem was sung. A wreath was laid in the memory of Thomas Chadwick. There are no names on this Memorial, but Thomas Chadwick is listed on the wooden Mossley War Memorial inside St George's Church, Mossley.

Rita Vaughan


Ernest Rainsforth 2/5th Btn. West Riding Regt

My Grandfather - Ernest Rainsforth, was badly injured but also survived and was repatriated to England from France with his bicep blown off and with a serious knee injury from sharpnel: whilst fighting with the 2/5th West Riding Regiment as the Germans pulled back from the Hindenberg Line in March 1917. I am lucky enough to have my Grandad's war discharge papers - discharged as being medically unfit for further war service - and the original telegram sent to his Mother advising her that Ernest had been wounded and admitted to hospital in London. I ache with sheer anguish for her when I read that telegram and know what his Mum must have felt at the time. My Grandad survived the war: met my Nan at Malden Hospital in Middlesex where she was nursing during WW1 and returned to his home town of Gainsbro with a beautiful new wife. Ernest lived until the age of 94. He never chose to speak to anyone about his experiences in France except to say to my younger brother - when my brother was a boy - that he laid on a stretcher in a field at a Clearing Station - gagging for a drink of water for over 24 hours and when he called the orderly for water the orderly said "shut-up Rainsforth, the bloke laid next to you has 16 bullits in him ". Grandad unrolled his shirt sleeve and showed my brother a massive intentation in his left arm where his bicep had been literally blown off.

Miriam Bailey


Pte. William Denby 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment (d.20 Sept 1917)

William Denby was my great uncle he is one of the lost souls still waiting to come in from the cold

Andrew Parker


Pte. Walter Bolton 1st Btn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) (d.23rd November 1918)

Private Bolton was the son of William and Mary Bolton.

He was 36 when he died and is buried in the Jhajha Cemetery in India, Grave 42.

S Flynn


Pte. Arthur Broxup Feather 4th Battalion West Riding Regiment (d.3rd Sep 1916)

Arthur Feather was my Great Uncle one of the many Bradford Pals who lost their lives in the Great War. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

Charles Wood


Pte. George Bentley 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment (d.16th Oct 1917)

My great grand-father George Bentley lost his life at the battle of Passchendaele, a month before the battle of Passchendaele ended. His body was never found and he is memoralised at Tyne Cot on the wall of the lost. I hope one day to visit the cemetery and pay my respects. I never knew about him until I started to research my family tree some 12 years ago. I only knew about my grandparents (his child and family).

I am so proud of him, that he gave his life so that generations since had a free life to live. We all owe him, and men like him, so much. We should do all we can to uphold this freedom.

Jackie Fletcher


L/Cpl. Thomas Monk 1st/6th Battalion Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment (d.15th Sep 1916)

Thomas Monk was born in Settle in 1897 to his parents Thomas and Lavinia Monk. He continued to live in Settle until he went overseas. At the age of 13 he worked as a Quarryman at the Delaney Horton Limestone works close by. In May 1913 he joined the 6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment (a Territorial Battalion). He served with them through to 1915 when in April he and his Battalion crossed to France as part of the 147th (2nd West Riding) Brigade within the 49th (West Riding) Division.

He served through the Battles of Aubers Ridge in May 1915 as well as the Defence against the Phosgene Attack on 19th/20th December 1915. He was injured (gassed) during this attack and was taken to No.12 CCS at Hazebrouck and then on to the St. John Ambulance Base Hospital at Etaples. From there he was returned to a hospital in the U.K. Before he returned to France in June 1916 he married a young lady named Lilly Watson at Settle.

He returned to his Battalion at Forceville. From there the Battalion moved up to the Front near Authuille to the Support Trenches arriving in the early hours of July 1st. The Battalion did not participate in the first days fighting but took part in the subsequent Battle of Albert, Battle of Bazentin Ridge and Battle of Flers - Courcelette. On 14th September the Battalion was called to the Front lines near Leipzig Salient to relieve the 32nd Infantry Brigade. Just as the relief started the Germans made a bombing attack on the line. D Company was sent in to reinforce the line but Thomas was killed by shrapnel just after 09.10 hours on the 15th. He is buried at Blight Valley CWGC Cemetery at Authuille Wood.

Lilly Monk (nee Watson)

Tony McGarrigle


Pte. F. C. Davies 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment (d.21st Sept 1917)

Pte. F.C. Davies served in the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. There is a photo of shared grave and cross on the Australian War Memorial website. He probably died at 10th Casualty Clearing Station at Poperinge on 21st of September 1917. Both the 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion and 10th Battalion had been involved with the Battle of Menin Road and the subsequent Polygon Wood Battle. My relative, Private Les Brooks, was wounded by shrapnel likely before relieving the front line troops at Glencourse Wood on Thursday 20 September 1917 and died the following day.



Pte. T. Nicholson 8th Btn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment (d.19th November 1915)

Private Nicholson was buried in the Polemidia Military Cemetery in Cyprus, Grave 64.

S Flynn


Pte. Frank Beaumont 10th Btn. West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons) (d.7th June 1917)

Frank Beaumont was my great uncle. He was the son of Charles and Annie Beaumont and the brother of Laura, Henry and Amy.

Tony Ellis


Pte. Alfred Bentley 9th Btn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) (d.25th April 1917)

Alfred Bentley was killed in action during the Second Battle of the Scarpe within the Battle of Arras, aged 38. His name appears on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens British Cemetery, Arras, France, and in the Todmorden Garden of Rememberance, Todmorden, Yorkshire.


CSM. Fred Green DCM. 9th (Service) Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment (d.7th July 1916)

On 7th July 1916 members of 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment were in action around Contalmaison during the Somme offensive. A week earlier the British army suffered its' bloodiest day ever, with over 19000 men killed on a single day. During the action at Contalmaison a number of troops from Fred's company were wounded. Word has it Fred was wounded, but stayed with the company until a lull in the fighting allowed him to carry out one of the roles of CSM, that of evacuating casualties. He gathered a stretcher party to take the most severely wounded back to the Regimental Aid Post and a German shell landed within a few feet of the party as it weaved its' way to the relative safety of the medical station. Fred Green was killed instantly.

Company Sergeant Major Fred Green D.C.M killed in action at Contalmaison 7th of July 1916.


Pte. Thomas Hagan 7th Battalion West Riding Regiment (d.13th July 1916)

Thomas Hagan was my Great Grandmother's brother. He was the first generation of Hagans born in Oldham, Lancashire after his father came over from Ireland for work. Most of his family found employment in the textile industry in Lancashire. Thomas was the first of 3 brothers to join the army during the war years. He joined the 1/7th Battalion, West Riding Regiment in November 1914, aged 20, in Milnsbridge, Yorkshire. His brother James would follow in 1915 and thereafter the youngest of the family, Frank. After initial training the Regiment was deployed to France, from Folkestone, on 15 April 1916, arriving at Boulogne. Records show he was punished a few times for drunken and rowdy behaviour soon after arriving in France but he would soon be in action. He fought in the Battle of the Somme and was shot in the knee, on the 5th July 1916. Repatriated to the general hospital in Colchester, he arrived on the 11th July but unfortunately died of his wounds 2 days later, on the 13 July 1916. Thomas posthumously received the Star and Victory medals and is buried in Colchester cemetery.

Saul Thackeray


James Townsend Sutcliffe MM. 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment

My grandfather, James Sutcliffe, who I never met, was awarded the Military Medal on 14th September 1916. He was wounded retrieving a comrade from No Man's Land. Subsequently he was transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps and ended his war service in the RFC then RAF in the latter part of 1918. Sadly, I know nothing else about him and the only photo I have of him is from the local newspaper announcing him receiving the Military Medal and reproducing the letter he wrote to his mother obviously embarrassed about all the fuss!

My grandparent's marriage ended in separation c.1945. He had joined up again to fight in WW2, met someone else and left the family. Family history research by me has uncovered some of his story but after 1952 he was never seen again and nobody spoke of him in any great detail.

How anyone who went through two world wars could have come out the other side psychologically unmarked is difficult to understand. My own feeling is that these terrible events left him unable to function on a normal level again and he ended up just living for the moment and grabbing whatever chance of happiness came his way. To me he is a hero though and with the help available today perhaps things might have been different.

Lynne Edwards


Pte. Herbert Smith MM. 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington (West Riding) Regiment

The original recommendation for the Military Medal reads:

"No 11837 Private Herbert Smith Has done invaluable work in charge of the Brigade Pigeon section. On 7th June during the attack on Hill 60 he was detailed to carry pigeons forward in rear of the assaulting lines to the Brigade Forward Post. Though the rest of the party were scattered or became casualties he reached his objective and waited there alone with his pigeons for over an hour under heavy fire. Finding no-one he ultimately returned through the barrage to report to Headquarters. He has, on previous occasions, shown remarkable coolness under fire. At Contalmaison on 10th July 1916 by his Le Sars on 7th October 1916 he did very valuable work. Military Medal H.C. Owen, Capt for Lieut Colonel, A.A. and Q.M.G., 23rd Division"

G Whiteley-Savage


L/Cpl. James Edwards 1st Btn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Rgt.

I have a number of postcards from USA, Russia and France sent during 1910/11 to Pte/Lcpl Edwards when he was stationed in Ambala, India with the regiment. Whilst I understand that the regiment remained in India for the duration of the war I also have a copy of his medal record card which shows he was a full corporal and received the Victory and Star medal and was also a prisoner of war.

R Crowshaw


Valentine James Anderson 12th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regimet (d.7th April 1916)

My story goes back to 45 years ago. As a young boy in Staffordshire, my grandfather used to tell us about his brother, Private 20743 Valentine James Anderson, who was in the Army but died in the War. After a few years my family moved to Australia and I forgot about this story. Then in 1971 we went back to the UK but my family moved back to Western Australia. In my late twenties I started into looking into Val. He was the son of James and Ada Anderson from Little Bridgeford, Staffordshire. I started looking for records of his service. The first stop was the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Weeks later I had some information. The next stop was the family, but no luck because no one remembered him and there were no medals or photos, only a name, number and grave. Then come the computer age and the internet and I could access his records. He enlisted on 8th December 1915 and was posted to South Staffs no 20264; then he was posted to the 12th Labour Btn, West Riding Regiment on 25th March 1916, no 20743. He embarked for France on 1st April 1916 and disembarked on the same day. Valentine James Anderson died on the 7th April 1916 at Queen Alexandra Red Cross Hospital St.Malo, France of cerebral spinal meningitis. He was awarded the British war and victory medals.

As years have gone by a family member in England died and photos where found of my late great uncle. Sad to say my grandfather never got to see what I had found out about his brother. (My grandfather was in the Home Guard but that's another story.) Over the years, photos of Valentine James Anderson's grave have come to light, almost a 100 years this year. May he rest in peace.

Mike Buckless

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History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, 1st and 2nd Battalions 1881-1923

C.D. Bruce

The first two chapters in the book provide an historical outline of the raising of the 1st Battalion in 1702 and take its story through to 1923. The book recounts story of the 2nd Battalion on the Western Front, mainly by use of quotations from eyewitness accounts, letters, diaries and official documents supported by good maps. A good feature of this history is the recording by name of officers joining the battalion or leaving or becoming casualties, and the arrival of drafts with strengths.
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.
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Hill 60: Ypres (Battleground Europe)

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Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]

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'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-han
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