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Captain Jude - 10th Battalion

Captain Jude – 10th Battalion

Leo Gerald Simon Jude was born in c.1897 and was the eldest of two sons to Simon and Kathleen Jude. Simon was an accountant and Kathleen was his second wife. Their family home was in Lockerby Road, West Derby and Leo went to Rossall Boarding School at Fleetwood in Liverpool.

Leo signed up and joined the 10th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. The Battalion was formed in 1914 as part of the 22nd Division. They trained on the South Downs and at Eastbourne in 1915, and then moved to Salisbury Plain for further training. After training the Battalion were attached to the 112th Brigade in 37th Division.

They landed at Boulogne on 1 August 1915 and headed to the Somme. They were involved in the Battle of Ancre which lasted from the 13 – 18th November 1916. The conditions were atrocious with thick mud, poor visibility and fog. On 14 November the 37th relieved the 63rd Division capturing German positions on the 15th. The Loyal North Lancashire lost 11 men in the manoeuvre who are now buried at Frankfurt Trench Cemetery. On the 18 November the 37th made advances and secured Serre but with a high price to pay. It was during the advance that Leo lost his life along with many of the men he was commanding at the time. The Canadian Divisions of the 19th, 18th and 4th also suffered heavy casualties. What makes this so saddening is that the battle is recorded to have not met its objectives and the advance was called off on the 19th November.

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Rank: Captain
Date of Death: 15/11/1916
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.

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