Search results for Battle of Arras.

Lancashire North Despatch Issue 7: May 2011


Ninety four years ago in April/May 1917 the battles raged east of Arras.  The cover image (IWM ref Q6228) of British troops boarding buses at Arras after returning from the capture of Monchy-le-Preux was used on the covers of "Cheerful Sacrifice" by Jonathan Nicholls published in 1990 and "Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes" by Stephen Barker and Christ…

17 May 1917 : Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate


Son of Joseph Holgate (a limestone quarryman) from Yorkshire and Elizabeth. At the 1901 Census three-year-old Dennis was living with his parents in Draughton, North Yorkshire with his 9 month old brother Frederick and two boarders - both working in the quarry alongside Joseph. At the 1911 Census, now 13, Dennis was at school. As well as ten year…

30 June 1917 : Cpl Alex Robert Colman


Son of Robert (a coffee shop proprietor) and Annie. Alex moved to Montgomery County, Indiana, USA in 1912  Alex then moved to Canada, where he gained employment as a stenographer. He enlisted into the Canadian Army at Port Arthur, Ontario on 13 September 1915. He trained at Port Arthur and Gresley Park and was then sent to the UK on 23 Novem…

19 October 1917 : Gnr. Henry Clark, 50th Bde, Royal Field Artillery


Henry was a weaver at Queensgate Mill, Burnley prior to enlistment. He enlisted into the RFA in Blackburn on 22nd October 1915 and, after a year of training in the UK, embarked for service on the Western Front on 19th October 1916. After seeing action during the latter stage of the Battle of the Somme and during the Battle of Arras, Henry was kil…

Ep. 24 – The First Battle of the Scarpe (Arras) April 1917 – Jim Smithson


Jim Smithson discusses his latest book A Taste of Success: The First Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 (Solihull: Helion 2017 (Wolverhampton Military Studies)) which examines the opening phase of the Battle Arras.

11 April 1917: Lieut. Arthur Pole Godfrey


He was the only son of Charles Godfrey and Evelyn (née Browne). He was educated at Chigwell School and at a school in France. He was good at  football, cricket and tennis.  Age 20, he went to Ceylon 1899 and eventually became a partner in a Tea Plantation. He joined the Ceylon Rifles and on the outbreak of war returned to England.  Gazetted 1…

12 April 1917: L/Cpl. William Holland


Parents Henry and Hannah (née Jopp) of 27 Eaton Rise, Ealing. Grandson of General H W Holland. Educated at Tonbridge. Employed on the staff of the London County & Westminster Bank and subsequently on the staff of the National Bank of South Africa. In September 1911 he left banking and joined the Transvaal Scottish Regiment in Johannesb…

The Cavalry at Monchy-le-Preux


The Battle of Arras started on 9 April, Easter Monday,  1917. The most famous action in this battle is the storming of the heights of Vimy Ridge by the Canadian Corps on the left of the British attack. Success elsewhere on the front was good, if not quite so spectacular. Cyril Falls (who wrote the volume of the Official History covering 1917) state…

"Comparing the Somme 1916 to Arras 1917" by Mike Coyle


Mike is an experienced researcher,  presenter and casual writer on Military History. A great deal has been written and is known about the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, until recently, little is known about the greater Battle of Arras in April and May 1917. Mike's interest in this comparison was sparked by discovering the death of a Great Uncl…