Service Details
Name:
VAN RENSBURG
Given Name:
WILLIAM ABRAHAM JANSEN
Initials:
W A J
Service No:
2213
Rank:
Private
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Regiment:
South African Infantry
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Unit:
1st Regt.
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Unit 2:
"A" Coy.
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Date of Death:
1916-10-18
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Cause of Death:
Killed in action. On the 18th October 1916, at 3.40 am, three companies of the 1st S.A.I. attacked Snag and Tail Trenches. The B Coy failed to realize that they had reached Snag Trench and continued beyond it. They had lost touch with their flanks and only some men succeeded to come back. Only a block was established at 50 metres of The Pimple. The D Company launched an attack at 5.45 pm and Snag Trench was occupied but the machine-gun fire from the Butte de Warlencourt took a heavy toll, leaving a small group in the trench.
Additional
Information:
Son of Mrs. H. van Rensburg, of 7 Alfred Street, Salt River
Commemoration
Country:
France
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Locality:
Somme
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Cemetery:
SUCRERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS
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Grave Reference:
I. HH. 28.
Volunteer Information
Our Volunteers
Fred Killick (now deceased)
Fred Killick (now deceased)

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