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Blood and Iron

Berichtdoor Tandorini » 08 mei 2012, 18:27

By Jon Cooksey
Extracted from Blood and Iron.

Second Lieutenant Hugh Montagu Butterworth of the 9th Battalion, the Rifle Brigade, did not survive the Great War. He was killed in action, as he had foretold on the eve of battle, on 25 September 1915, during one of the three bloody diversions to the Battle of Loos, which opened the same morning 30 miles to the south. The letters of Hugh Montagu Butterworth, a first cousin of the composer George Butterworth who lost his life on the Somme in 1916, give us a telling insight into the thoughts and reactions of a highly educated, sensitive and perceptive individual confronted by the horrors of modern warfare. Butterworth was killed on the Bellewaarde Ridge near Ypres during one of a disastrous diversionary attack launched to distract German attention from the Battle of Loos, and his last letter was written on the eve of the action in which he died.The British at Hooge were fighting for their lives to hold on to a key position - militarily vital ground - which dominated the Ypres Salient.

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