WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
In July the Americans became very aware that the struggle in which they were now embarking was not going to be a walk over. On the second day of the month General Pershing requested that his army be raised to one million men only, nine days later to amend this to upwards of three million. Pershing was not being pessimistic. On 31st July the Battle of Pilckem Ridge opened the Third Battle of Ypres, the most controversial and, for some, scandalous operation of the whole war when troops bogged down in mud struggled to advance and hold just a few acres of land, suffering enormous casualties in the process.
Away from the Western Front, the self-proclaimed legend, T E Lawrence
and his Arabs, captured the port of Aqaba.
We will remember them
One of the casualties of Pilkem Ridge was Private George R Burton, aged 23, who died on 31 July and whose name is recorded at the Menin Gate memorial. He was serving in the Wiltshire Regiment which was heavily involved in the muddy struggle of Passchendaele. His parents, George and Adelaide Burton, lived in the High Street. The luck of the Tisbury Lads had held until the last day of the month: August would be very different.
POEM FOR JULY
My thought shall never be that you are dead:
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