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Name: Private James William Maloney

Regiment: Rifle Brigade 2nd Battalion

Cause of death: Killed in Action 14th March 1915

Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, Rue du Bois, France

Lived: Wandsworth, London

 

The 2nd Battalion was in Kuldana in India in August 1914. They then sailed from Bombay on 20th September and landing in Liverpool on the 22nd October 1914. On 6th November 1914, they landed at Le Havre in France.

 

On 14th March 1914, though unknown how he died, it is suggested that he was blown up by an enemy shell. On that day, there was heavy shelling from the German Artillery and this was a continuous shelling from 11th March.  On that day, there were no recorded offensive pushes from the British which means that he may have died while in the trenches.

 

It is also unclear where the Rifle Brigade 2nd Battalion are at this point in the war but during the time while they were on the front line the Germans were shelling them. The 2nd Battalion, from 10th to 14th March 1914, 12 officers and 365 other ranks were killed. This may include Private Maloney but it is not stated within the war diary.

 

On 15th March heavy shelling continued from the German lines. During this the men continued to collect the wounded and bury the dead. The men collecting the dead were unable to collect the body Private James Maloney because he was blown up during the heavy shelling during the day before. However, on 16th the German Army ordered their Artillery to stop firing Artillery shells on to the British front lines.

 

Sources:

 

The National Archives: War Diary WO 95/1731/1

 

www.longlongtrail.co.uk

 

By Sam, Year 12