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Alfred William Skingle
Posted by: Trevor Skingle (ID *****9808) Date: December 23, 2007 at 02:13:09
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I've just visited the burial site of Alfred William Skingle, Private 266640 Hertfordshire Regiment, killed in action 2 Sept 1917 between the Battle of Langemarck and the Battle of Menin Road Bridge, at Voormezele Enclosure 1 & 2 in Flanders. I suspect that at some point Alfred's and my ancestral lines merge since my ancestors, William Skingle (b 1806 ) Mary Skingle (b 1802), also came from Hatfield Broad, and his, Daniel (b 1801) and Elizabeth (b 1804), all came from Hatfield Broad in Essex. The War Diary for the Herts and Beds reads 2-9-17. The Bn relieved the 3rd Bn R.B. and units of the 24th Division in MOUNT SORREL left sub section with Bn HQ at CANADA TUNNELS (an underground work called "The Tunnel" on the reverse slope of Mount Sorrel) though there was action around Voormezele on 2 Sept 1917, a terrifying spot on the route from the rear areas towards St Eloi, Zillebeke and Hill 60. At night especially, Voormezele was the scene of intense transport activity, and of all too regular devastating German shelling.


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