Pte Bernard Greaves, 2/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
The 2/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment was part of the 62nd (West Riding) Territorial Division, and recruited many of its men from the Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate. The division had only been in France since January 1917, but had already seen some action in the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line in February. After a short period out of the line in March, the battalion returned to the front line on 3 April. It was tasked with the preliminary reconnaissance for the forthcoming attack on Bullecourt. The battalion took up position east of Croiselles, with the Battalion HQ 500 yards south of St Leger. It was here on 5 April that the battalion HQ took a direct hit from a shell. The battalion CO, Lt-Colonel Josselyn was knocked out and Bernard Greaves, a signaller at HQ was killed.
Bernard Greaves was a Knaresborough Grammar School old boy and a member of the Wesleyan Church at Knaresborough.
Bernard is buried at Croiselles British Cemetery.
5 April 1917 killed in action
Source: Massacre on the Marne by Fraser Skirrow
See also: Masters of No Man's Land
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