Published By Ben Hillidge
Battle of Langemark. Malakoff Farm. 6 Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. 12 August 1917.
In the last week of June 1917 the 6 Bn KSLI had been moved back out of the line to Fieffes-Montrelét where they spent 3 weeks and before moving to Proven. They had spent the time in training and instruction. On 5 August the battalion left Proven and proceeded by train to Ypres detraining at the Zommerbloom railway sidings at Elverdinghe where they went into a nearby camp. They moved up to Malakoff Farm near to Brielen and were assigned as working and carrying parties taking materials and supplies up to the front lines at Langemark. Their route each night involved crossing the Ypres Canal and then following treacherous duckboard tracks up to the forward area. Casualties were light, the worst being on 12 August when a working party was bombed by an enemy aircraft with 15 ORs wounded. The battalion would return to front line duty on 14 August when they went into the trenches on the canal bank
GOOGLE MAPS Satellite view centres on farm buildings on site of Malakoff Farm,
References and Sources War Diary 6 Bn KSLI page 61.
B&O 1917 Third Ypres. Battle of Langemark. PLACE. 6 Bn KSLI. 2 August 1917.