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France & Flanders

The Battle of Loos commences and is the largest battle fought by the British during 1915. The Allies try to break through German defences in Artois and Champagne in order that they can restore a war of movement, and end the many months of trench warfare. The attacking forces were contained by the German armies and the British suffered 6,350 deaths and 50,380 casualties. In many places the preceding artillery barrage had failed to cut through the German wire and the British advanced over open fields well-within range of enemy machine guns and artillery – with devastating consequences.

Eighteen Wisharts are known to have participated in the battle with one losing his life and two others being seriously wounded. They are: