My grandfather, Tom Lansley, was with the Queen Victoria’s Rifles, of the London Division. They had been in France since November
1914. At Ypres, the QVR had been in heavy fighting on Hill 60, where Lt Harold Woolley won the first Territorial VC of the Great War. They attacked the German line in the Gommecourt salient from Hebuterne. They took thne first three German trenches but had to withdraw in the face of the German counter-attack and artillery. 27 officers and 671 men of the QVR were in the assaulting waves. At roll call on 2nd July there were 11 officers and 142 men remaining; two- thirds were casualties. Tom Lansley survived and ended the war as Company Quarter -Master Sergeant. We will remember them.