Originally posted 2018-08-29 13:23:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
On 23rd August 1918 the British and allied forces were engaged in the final conflict that would bring the war to an end on the Western Front in the November of that year.As years passed the forces grew and were not the small force they were at the beginning. It took years of relentless struggle to eject the invader.
The forces were a collection of regiments and units with strong ties to geographical areas.The colonies sent troups and India. Only in August 1018 did the allies break the Belgium France trench line and moved inward.The army was mainly of conscripts, and those volunteers of 1914 and 1915 who had survived the trenches.The age for service that year had been lowered in the February to 18 half. Many just boys were only recently had been brought into the war and were told what unit to join no preference was allowed.After August only 7 men from North Tyneside were recorded as dying on 23rd of that month.six in action in France, 4 volunteered in the first year of the war and 2 were conscripts.
Thomas Carniby Irvine Reed of Alma Place North Shields was an office boy at Smiths Dock Company Ltd and was called up just before his 18th birthday. casualties were heavy more than at any other time of the war. apart from the battle of the Somme in July 1916.