November 8th 1914: Benjamin Walter Gregory: Died in Ypres

SERGEANT 1043 BENJAMIN WALTER GREGORY, aged 26, of 19 Church Road, Tilbury, Essex served with 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade at Colchester with 11th Brigade, 4th Division when war broke out in August 1914.

4th Division was held back from the original British Expeditionary Force by a last minute decision to defend England against a possible German landing. The fate of the BEF in France and the lack of any move by the Enemy to cross the channel, reversed this decision and they proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 23rd of August 1914 in time to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau.

They were in action at The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne and at The Battle of Messines.

Benjamin was Killed In Action on the 8th November 1914 during the German attacks in the First Battle of Ypres and is buried at LE TOUQUET RAIL CROSSING CEMETERY in BELGIUM He is also commemorated on the TILBURY WAR MEMORIAL.

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