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1914-15 Star

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1914-15 Star, BWM and Victory, Death Plaque, Private George Barlow, 1st Manchesters, Killed in action 8th march 1916 in the Battle of Dujaila, during the Attempts to relieve the Kut Garrison…

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1914-15 Star, BWM and Victory, Death Plaque, Private George Barlow, 1st Manchesters, Killed in action 8th march 1916 in the Battle of Dujaila, during the Attempts to relieve the Kut Garrison in Mesopotamia. No known grave, commemorated on the Basra memorial. born and lived in Hathershaw, Oldham, Lancs. The battle occured when Lieut-General Aylmer attemped to relieve the city being beseiged by the ottoman forces, he scheduled a night attack but was hindered by poor planning and exeuction. the 1st Manchesters and 59th Scinde Rifles early on captured the first two lines of the trenches of the Dujalia Dedoubt. However, due to the heavy casualties they had no reserves left to exploit the success, the two batallions could do nothing but attempt to hold onto their gains. Slowly but surely the Ottoman battalions counter-attacked with bayonets and grenades, which for the British were in very short supply, they forced the Manchesters and Rifles to retreat in the Evening, but not before causing them heavy casualties, of the brigade of men present, 2301 were casualties and another 1174 casualties by the end of the day. In all the British suffered over 4000 casualties