battle of Loos was the last battle in which the BEF
was commanded by Sir John French and the one in which
John Kipling, the son of the famous author Rudyard
On 25 September 1915 as part of the French Artois
offensive, Douglas Haig's 1st Army attacked German
positions at Loos. The British used gas for the first
time causing many casualties to their own side. There
were no significant positive results and the affair
provoked the forced resignation of Sir John French.
British casualties were 43,000, German 20,000.
battlefield tour includes a
visit to St Marys ADS Cemetery where the supposed
body of John Kipling is buried. On a personal note
we believe that the 'identification' is unsafe and
should be reversed and we have studied the evidence
in our biography of John Kipling, My
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