Hopkins, James Richard


War Service:
Private G/5035 JAMES RICHARD HOPKINS of 8th battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) was killed in action on 26 September 1915.
The battalion war diary for 26 September reads :“Attack begins at 11.5 am & the battalion advances under heavy machine gun and shrapnel fire in lines of platoons in extended order. As the advance continues over the Lens - La Bassee road, the machine gun fire from the flanks was very heavy. On reaching the enemy trenches it was found to be protected by barbed wire, which has not been cut and it being impossible to get through it, the brigade retired. There appeared to be no panic & the men walked back still under machine gun and shrapnel fire ….. 3 oficers were killed and 6 officers wounded; 409 OR's were casualties.“

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial in St Mark’s church, Deptford.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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