Saturday, 9 May 2015

Walsh, Daniel - Rifleman (R/11321)

Rifleman Daniel Walsh
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died 21st September 1915
Age 27Grave X1 Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery

Walsh Daniel Rifleman 11321 8th Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 21 September 1915 age 27. Born Haslingden 6th January 1888, enlisted at Bury, April 1915. Buried in grave X1 Potize (Potijze) Cemetery near Ypres.

Photo and report in Haslingden Gazette 8 October 1915.
Private Daniel Walsh, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Walsh of Marsden Square, 8th Kings Royal Rifle Corps, enlisted six months ago April 1915 has been killed in France just seven weeks last Tuesday, was killed instantly by a shell in the trenches on 21st September and was buried that night in a little cemetery behind the lines and his grave marked for future identification.  Prior to enlistment he worked at Duckworth Clough Mill.

The official battalion diary (W095 / 1895) states.

Sunday 19th September, Battalion in Haymarket, White Chateau, Railway Wood (near Ypres) heavy bombardment from both sides, equal English and German, of Railway Wood and Bellewarden.  Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st enemy shelled on line from 6.30. a.m. two killed, four wounded in “A” Coy.  Three killed, three wounded in “D” Coy. Later 21 Battalion revealed that total casualties on tour (usually 5 or 6 days) nine killed, forty three wounded, 143 sick.