2nd Lieutenant Cyril Douglas Herron

On 9 May 1915 at the second battle of Ypres, the Queen's Bays were ordered into the reserve trenches south of Potijze, relieving the 9th Lancers. On 12th they moved into the front line in place of the 19th Hussars but the trenches were in a bad condition being shallow and straight. They dug throughout the night and came across decomposing corpses, having to cope with sniper fire as well. On 13 May the Germans opened a heavy bombardment and the trenches of B Squadron on the left were largely destroyed. 1 Troop on the extreme left had only one sergeant and a trooper left. Second Lieutenant Herron had been killed with most of the others killed or wounded, some buried in the trench.

Cyril Douglas Herron of Montreal House, Cargate Avenue, Aldershot, Hants, was born in 1895 and died on 13 May 1915. He is buried at Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, West Vlaanderen Belgium.

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