FIELD Wyclif

Wyclif FIELD

W Field
Courtesy of Halifax Courier

Wyclif was aged 23 when he was killed in action on 31st July 1917 whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion. Lincolnshire Regiment.

His parents were Herbert and Sarah and he had two brothers Henry and Ivor and a sister Ida.  The family lived at 12 Scarlet Heights and in 1911 Wyclif, then aged 17 was employed as an errand boy, Wyclif then went into employment at Black Dyke mill.

The 31st July 1917 was the start of the third battle of Ypres, which saw three months of brutal fighting, this battle is also referred to as the battle of Passchendaele.

The 2nd Battalion. Lincolnshire Regiment consisting of 20 officers and 600 other ranks arrived at Halfway House having marched from Pioneer Camp at 03:15hrs, at 06:50hrs they advanced forward in artillery formation to what would be their deploying position, close to Westhock.

They were subjected to machine gun fire and shelling and by 09:40hrs had lost the Commanding Officer, Lt Colonel Bastard DSO, and Adjutant to wounds along with several other Officers, command of the battalion was taken over by 2nd Lieutenant Young.  The battalion advanced forward at 10:10hrs but were soon held up by machine gun fire, they consolidated their position and held a small ridge, near to Jabber Trench.  The enemy counter attacked several times throughout the day but these attacks were held off.  The battalion were relieved from the line at 05:00hrs on 1st August.

Casualties were Officers: killed 2, died of wounds 2, wounded 7. Other Ranks: killed 39, wounded 177, missing 27.

Wyclif has no known grave and is named on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, (Panel 21).