DELVILLE WOOD

LONGUEVAL - SOMME - FRANCE

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WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY

Pas-de-Calais, France

R. MAASTRECHT

Grave I.E.3.

Son of John L. and Eliza Jane Maastrecht, of Carmel House, Mostert Rd, Observatory, Cape Town (Source : C.W.G.C.).

Killed in action on the 18th October 1916.

On the 18th October, at 3.40 am, three companies of the 1st S.A.I. attacked Snag and Tail Trenches. The B Coy failed to realize that they had reached Snag Trench and continued beyond it. They had lost touch with their flanks and only some men succeeded to come back. Only a block was established at 50 metres of The Pimple. The D Company launched an attack at 5.45 pm and Snag Trench was occupied but the machine-gun fire from the Butte de Warlencourt took a heavy toll, leaving a small group in the trench.