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  Raymond Leopold Greig Heath 

Captain
D Company 2nd Bn The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Killed in Action 25/09/1915 at the Battle of Loos, Aged 30

No Known Grave, but Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance
 Marlborough School Memorial Hall & Roll of Honour
Coldharbour War Memorial, War Memorial Panel and Remembrance Window
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Memorial Chapel and Roll of Honour
The Loos Memorial, Dud Corner Cemetery, France

 

Main History

 

 

Visiting the Loos Battlefield.

The Loos Battlefield is easily reached from Calais via the E15 auto route. The area is well depicted on the Michelin Map number 236 (Nord Flandres-Artois Picardie scale 1cm:2km). Exit at Junction 6-1 towards Lens, on the A21, and at the second interchange exit the A21 north onto the N43 (this will be just after you have passed the double spoil heap to the north of the A21). The N43 leaves Lens towards Bethune, and in doing so it also leaves the German held territory of the first day of the Battle of Loos.

As the road gradually climbs towards the cemetery at Dud Corner (on the right) you are approaching the German front line, indeed a large redoubt (trench fortress) was situated across the road at the exact position of the cemetery. Dud Corner Cemetery contains the Loos Memorial to the Missing, Raymond and his commanding officer being located on panel 13 (just before a small gate on the right when viewed towards the Cross). A climb onto the viewing platform at the cemetery offers a panorama of the entire southern area of the battlefield, and the spoil heap in the vicinity of Cite St Elie can be seen to the north. The double spoil heap is visible from most areas of the battlefield & provides good orientation. The German line ran north-south, perpendicular to the road.

Leave Dud Corner towards Bethune, and take the first right hand turning towards Vermelles . Exit the village towards Hulluch on the D39. After leaving the village, a small farm track on the left indicates the location of the site of Junction Keep, approximately 200 yds to the north of the road. From this location Raymond and the 2/Queens began their advance towards Cite St Elie, which is obscured in the distance by the modern spoil heap (see the photo in the main script).

Continue towards Hulluch. This road gradually diverges from Raymond’s advance, which was slightly more towards the north. At the cross roads turn left onto the D947 towards Haisnes. Pass through the village of Cite St Elie and park at the railway embankment which crosses the road. The embankment provides a raised path around towards the spoil heap. The power lines that can be seen to the north of the embankment cross a track in the fields which runs towards Haisnes, and this point locates the position of Pekin Trench, which continued towards the embankment (see overlaid maps in main script). The track can be accessed by continuing along the embankment a further 150yds to a point where the embankment has been flattened and a path is indicated to the right. This path enters the fields & joins the track towards the convergence of the power lines and Pekin trench.

The power lines continue off to the west, crossing a scrub area (approx 2000yds away) which marks the area of the Hohenzollern Redoubt (the scrub area being the remains of the mines that were eventually blown up below this position). This redoubt was on the left of Raymond’s advance, thus we can now look back, bisecting the area between the spoil heap on our left and the power lines on our right, at the line of the 2/Queens attack from the point of view of the German troops in the Second Line.
 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey
andy@ewhurstfallen.co.uk
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