CHAVE, John Haydon

Chave, JHLieutenant, 19th Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

Born

July 1894.
Son of Edward Chave (farmer) and Ellen, of Widhayes, Tiverton.

Education

Blundell’s School as a “Day Boy”, entering at the age of 16 in September 1910, until Christmas 1912.

Service

He served in the Somerset Yeomanry for over a year and then obtained a commission in the Worcesters going to France in February 1916. By April 1918 he had transferred to the machine Gun Corps and had been promoted to Lieutenant.

The Offensive

The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence. There was little more significant activity on this front until 1917, when in the Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele.

Death

15th April 1918, aged 23.
He was killed in action whilst leading his company, a shell bursting at the side of the road and killing him instantaneously.

Burial/Commemoration

Sp Mem.
He is buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery. The grave is a special memorial between plots IV and V in row A.

Memorial

The hamlet of La Clytte was used as brigade headquarters and burials in the cemetery were carried out by the infantry, artillery and engineer units. It is 8km west of Ypres on the N304 between Ypres and Dikkebus. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and contains special memorials to those men known to have been buried in the cemetery but whose exact whereabouts had been lost.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew: Medal Rolls: WO372/
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5406
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 5/95

 

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