09 January 2018

Appeal for Relatives - Jan 2018

An appeal for relatives is a search to locate the next of kin for soldiers who fell in war. Could you be connected to any of these individuals?


If you are related to one of the above casualties and can provide us with documentation, please contact our Enquiries Team.

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On a misty morning in March 1918 a small group of soldiers faced being overwhelmed. Their task was to hold out for as long as they could. There was no chance of relief or rescue. They were led by a school teacher, Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob, whose example would inspire them to fight to the bitter end. “The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last” - was Elstob’s final communication on 21 March 1918.

In the 16 days of Operation Michael, the German and British armies both suffered terrible losses. The Commission commemorates almost 37,000 service personnel who died in France during the attack. More than 23,000 have no known grave and are commemorated on CWGC memorials to the missing.

On 21 March 1918, the German Army launched its spring offensive with Operation Michael. Here are nine things you need to know about the attack.