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    WW1 Death Plaque 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment Arthur Alfred Sims

    $200 (approx conversion from £165)

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    For sale is a WW1 Death Plaque to Arthur Alfred Sims who served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment.

      Arthur was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Langemarck on the 16th august 1917.   Arthur was born on the 5th of February 1881 in Beonham House in reading.    Arthur Alfred Sims service number was 37257, where he served at the rank of private in the 2nd Battalion royal Berkshire regiment.   Arthur unfortunately was killed in action on the 16th August in 1917 Aged 34 years of age.    Arthur was the Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Sims, of Letcombe Regis, Wantage; husband of Kate Collis (formerly Sims), of Holly Lodge, Long Cross, Chertsey, Surrey.   Arthur was Remembered with Honour and hurried at the TYNE COT MEMORIAL in Belgium.    Arthur was entitled to a British war medal and victory medal but these are missing.   2nd battalion royal Berkshire regiment ww1 service history:       At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment were in Jhansi, India. They returned home, arriving in England on the 22nd of October and joined the 25th Brigade in Winchester for a short period of training before proceeding to France to reinforce the BEF, landing at Le Havre on the 5th of November 1914. They served on the Western Front throughout the conflict. In 1915 they were in action at The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers and The action of Bois Grenier. In 1916 They were in action at the Battle of The Somme. In 1917 they fought in The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and then moved to Flanders and were in action in The Battle of Pilkem and The Battle of Langemarck. In 1918 they saw action during The Battle of St Quentin, The actions at the Somme crossings, The Battle of Rosieres, The actions of Villers-Bretonneux, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of the Scarpe and The Final Advance in Artois including the capture of Douai.   About the battle of Battle of Langemarck:   The Battle of Langemarck (16–18 August 1917) was the second Anglo-French general attack of the Third Battle of Ypres, during the First World War. The battle took place near Ypres in Belgian Flanders, on the Western Front against the German 4th Army. The French First Army had a big success on the northern flank from Bixschoote to Drie Grachten (Three Canals) and the British gained a substantial amount of ground northwards from Langemark to the boundary with the French.   The attack on the Gheluvelt Plateau on the right (southern) flank captured a considerable amount of ground but failed to reach its objectives. German counter-attacks recaptured most of the lost territory during the afternoon. The weather prevented much of the British programme of air co-operation with the infantry, which made it easier for German reserves to assemble on the battlefield.   An unusually large amount of rain in August, poor drainage and lack of evaporation turned the ground into a morass, which was worse for the British and French, who occupied lower-lying ground and attacked areas which had been frequently and severely bombarded. Mud and flooded shell holes severely reduced the mobility of the infantry and poor visibility hampered artillery observers and artillery-observation aircraft. Rainstorms and the costly German defensive success during the rest of August, led the British to stop the offensive for three weeks. In early September, the sun came out and with the return of a breeze, dried much of the ground. The British rebuilt roads and tracks to the front line, transferred more artillery and fresh divisions from the armies further south and revised further their tactics. The main offensive effort was shifted southwards and led to success on the Gheluvelt Plateau on 20, 26 September and 4 October, before the rains returned.   The allies had 36,190 casualties from the 16th to the 28th August at the battle of Langemarck.   Accompanying this medal is 10 scans of his service records. Upon payment please let me know if you would prefer digital scans or printed copies.    These will be sent via Royal Mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.

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