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Herbert 2491 # 022

Herbert Gotts

CWGC shows Herbert as

Private 22688

4th Bn., Yorkshire Regiment

who died on Friday, 26th October 1917. Age 24.

Additional Information: Son of James and Agnes Gotts, of 7, Tower St., Stockton-on-Tees.

This is also known as Alexandra, Princess Of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment.

The medal roll does not tell us any more.

He is shown on the Tyne Cot memorial wall, panel 53, which for the Yorkshire Regiment men without graves.

Tyne Cot cemetery is the largest British cemetery in France. It holds 12,000 graves, of which 8,300 are unknown soldiers. It is a concentration cemetery, where bodies were moved there from other local  smaller cemeteries and gravesites. The sheer size of it is overwhelming.

At the back is the Tyne Cot Memorial, which has the names of 35,000 British and New Zealand soldiers who died after 17 August 1917 on the Ypres Salient, the name for this area. These are the panels you can see behind the Cross of Sacrifice.

This is where the names of Herbert Gotts and Samuel Gotts are engraved on panels 53 and 34 respectively.

This text is included on this website describing the 4th Battalion’s war at Ypres, or Ieper as it is called now. Bill Danby’s website

24th OCTOBER. The Btn moved by train to Elverdinghe where they proceeded to Cariboo Camp. 25th OCTOBER. The Btn relieved the 6th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers and went into reserve to the 149th Infantry Brigade. They were placed under the command of the 149th Brigadier and over the next days were to take part in the Battle of Houtholst Forest.

The Battalion War Diary says little of the day to day actions, but from other sources it is clear that the Division had to attack heavily defended German positions over swampy land that was criss-crossed by streams and had now been turned into a quagmire by heavy rains and constant shelling.

The 4th Yorks and 6th Northumberland Fus were in reserve at Pascal Farm.

The attack was to commence at 5 am next day, with 149th Brigade leading.

It was as usual supported by a creeping barrage of Artillery fire, but the Infantry could not cover the ground at the same speed of its advance.

They were met by a German Artillery barrage and a hail of machine gun fire.

The 149th Bde were to lose some 1,000 men killed, wounded and missing.

26th OCTOBER. The 4th Btn moved into Support in the morning and into the line at night.

That day the following men were killed in action and all but 3 are commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and have no known grave. (Includes a reference to Herbert Gotts)

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