WW1 James Brown Low

James Brown Low lived in Enochdhu. Killed in WW1 age 18 years old.

Pat Townsend

The Passchendaele Battle in Belgium

 

The day that James Brown Low died age 18,

31st July 1917

The British attack began at 3:50 a.m. on 31 July; the attack was to commence at dawn but a layer of unbroken low cloud, meant that it was still dark when the infantry advanced. Constant shelling had churned the clay soil and smashed the drainage systems. The left wing of the attack achieved its objectives but the right wing failed completely.

 

Within a few days, the heaviest rain for 30 years had turned the soil into a quagmire, producing thick mud that clogged up rifles and immobilised tanks. It eventually became so deep that men and horses drowned in it.

 

The Germans were able to drive the three British brigades back to the black line with 70 percent losses, when the counter-attack was stopped by mud, artillery and machine-gun fire.

 

In Flanders Fields

     by   John McCrae (1872- 1918)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

This page was added by Pat Townsend on 11/08/2017.

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