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  cap badgePrivate William J Lennon

8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Service No: S/9586

William J Lennon grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Hugh Lennon of 71h Whifflet St, Coatbridge. William's Pension was awarded to his father.

Born / Resided

Armagh / 71h Whifflet St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 19/08/1916 at Pozieres


Fort George, Inverness 1915


Tennents Foundry


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Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 15 C), 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 William's Medal Index Card, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Thiepval Memorial x 2, William's Pension Records x 2, his listing on the Ireland Casualties WW1, and the Seaforth Highlanders Cap Badge.

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