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The text below gives a summary of the conflict (i.e. war), event or incident that resulted in deaths in the Borough or abroad. On the right are listed the individual events and incidents, such as battles or air raids. For each conflict the total number of casualties are given, whereas for each event or incident the names of those who died are listed in alphabetical order.

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Statement by 203287 Private J. Leigh 19th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers attached Hawke Bn.: "At about 3.45am on 12/5/18, I was on duty as Gas Guard at HQ 189th Infantry Brigade & patrolling the Shelters occupied by HQ details. As I was returning to the Shelter in which Leading Seaman Hylton & Privates John & Edwards were sleeping, I heard the Leading Seaman cry out. I hastened to the Shelter & found that the roof has collapsed & had buried the occupants. I summoned assistance from the nearest men & we pulled the sandbags at the side out & released Leading Seaman Hylton. We then proceeded to dig out Privates John & Edwards. After about half an hours work we extricated Private John, who was unconscious & had a wound at the back of his head. An Ambulance man attended to him while we endeavoured to reach Private Edwards. About 5 minutes later Private Edwards was also extricated & was also attended to. The accident appeared to have been caused by a large supporting beam snapping in two." ; Statement by BZ/5136 Leading Seaman P. Todd RNVR Drake Bn.: "I am attached to HQ 189th Brigade as Brigade Gas NCO & was occupying a Shelter near to that in which Leading Seaman Hylton & Privates John & Edwards were sleeping. At about 3.50am 12/5/18, I was awakened by Private Leigh who told me that the Gas Guard's Shelter had collapsed & had buried the occupants. Various men had already commenced to dig out the buried men, when I appeared on the spot & I got further men including the two ambulance runners, who gave Medical Assistance as the two men were extricated. Everything possible was done, assistance also being fetched from the Advanced Dressing Station. Leading Seaman Hylton was taken to the Ambulance with an injured leg. He was at one end of the Shelter & escaped the full weight of earth, supports etc., which fell on the two men." ; Statement by Deal/3456/S Private W. Lewis RM, 149th Field Ambulance attached HQ 189th Infantry Brigade: "I am attached to HQ 189th Infantry Brigade, as a runner. At about 3.50am on 12/5/18 I was awakened by Leading Seaman Todd who told me that the Gas Guard's Shelter had collapsed & had buried the occupants. I went with Deal/3835/S Private T. Dewell RM, 149th Field Ambulance, who is also a runner here, to the Shelter, & gave medical assistance to Privates John & Edwards as they were extricated. Private John was the first man to be dug out & was unconscious & not breathing. He had a wound at the back of his head & was also bleeding from the nostrils. I cleared his mouth & nostrils & then applied artificial respiration but without success. I continued my efforts until Pte. Edwards was brought out &, as there was no sign of life & no signs of the treatment having effect, I proceeded to attend to Private Edwards. He was also unconscious & after cleansing his mouth & nostrils, I again commenced artificial respiration, at the same time sending Private Dewell, who had been assisting me, to the Advanced Dressing Station for a doctor. I continued working on Private Edwards until a doctor arrived. When the doctor came he examined both men & found life extinct."


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