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Private William J Lennon

8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Service No: s / 9586

William J Lennon grave

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Born / Resided

Armagh / 71 Whifflet St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 19/08/1916 at Pozieres

Enlisted

Fort George, Inverness

Employed

Tennents Foundry

Age

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Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

William was Killed in Action during the Battle of Pozieres during the Battle of the Somme. William is listed as 5TH BATTALION on the Memorial. See photos for Williams name on the Thiepval Memorial

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