3rd Battle of Ypres (Part 4)

The 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment 

14th August 1917 

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James Lewton-Brain who came from Yaxham

During a battlefield tour in June I found three Norfolk Regiment graves in Lijssenthoek Cemetery. Not knowing much about them I photographed them and then looked into their deaths when I got home.

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Douglas Arthur Leamon’s grave in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

They are:

DOUGLAS ARTHUR LEAMON

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 14/08/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Norfolk Regiment 8th Bn.
Grave Reference: XV. A. 15.
Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information:Youngest son of Philip Augustus and Lucy Leamon of Headingley in Manitoba who was born in Norwich.

 

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Wilfred Robert Williamson’s grave in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

WILFRID ROBERT WILLIAMSON

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 14/08/1917
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Norfolk Regiment 8th Bn.
Awards: M C
Grave Reference: XV. A. 18.
Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information:Son of Annie Sophia Williamson of 67 Cecile Park Crouch End London and the late William Pope Williamson.

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James Lewton-Brain’s grave in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

 

JAMES ANDREW LEWTON-BRAIN 

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 14/08/1917
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: Norfolk Regiment 8th Bn.
Grave Reference: XV. A. 16.
Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

Additional Information: Son of James and Clara Lewton Brain of The Rookery in Yaxham who was born at Swanton.

All of these 3 officers died from the affects of gas when a phosgene shell penetrated the dugout they were in at Railway Dugouts near Zillebeke.

 

Zillebeke July 1917

The area where the 8th Battalion were positioned. The dugout where the shell landed was positioned was in grid 21.

A total of 11 officers and 12 other ranks were affected by the gas, 7 officers being seriously affected all of whom were evacuated.

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Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Cemetery this is the area where the 8th Battalion were in dugouts when the gas shells landed.

I have included part of the after action report for this time.

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