Private John Cassidy

Private John Cassidy, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th October 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, aged 25. He was the son of Mrs Ann Cassidy of Lucker Cottage, Belford, Northumberland and is buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. He fell in the attack on the German strongpoints of “Angle Point” and “Aden House” which were defended by numerous pillboxes. Artillery and machine gun fire were heavy and snipers very active. The immediate objectives were captured but casualties were heavy and the temporary gains had to be given up by a retirement back to the jump off trenches. 9 Officers and 96 Other Ranks were killed and 1 Officer and 150 Other Ranks were wounded. At nightfall the Battalion was relieved by the 5th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. The photographs give an idea of the state of the Flanders battlefield where the incessant shelling had destroyed the drainage systems. His Headstone is inscribed ” R.I.P. The Souls Of The Righteous Are In The Hands Of God “.

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