1918 Spring Offensive, 2nd Lieutenant William Harrison Crowder, 51st Division, 51st Highland Division, Adam Fox, Bombardier Baillie, First World War, First World War film, German Spring Offensive, Great War, Horncastle, Kaiserschlach
Today, March the 21st, is the 97th anniversary of the most critical twenty four hours in William Crowder’s life as he is caught up in the German Spring Offensive, Kaiserschlacht. Follow our Kickstarter campaign for updates.
Part One: The Battle Commences
Part Two: 21st March 1918, Spring Offensive begins
Part Three: 21st March 1918, Spring Offensive
The Kickstarter campaign is to create a drama-documentary of William’s story. Please donate to help us tell this story – we have more than half the target sum so we might make it!
As part of our research into William Crowder’s WWI story we are trying to identify Bombardier Baillie from this photograph and to trace his family.
Bombardier Baillie was part of the telephonist team, under William Crowder’s command, in Gosling forward observation post when the German Spring Offensive began 21st March 1918. All the men were captured by the advancing Germans but we understand that Baillie was one of the few to return from PoW camp after WWI. Both Bombardier Baillie and 2nd Lieutenant William Harrison Crowder were in the Royal Artillery, attached to the 51st Highland Regiment. It is likely that Baillie was Scottish.
Please contact us if you have any information.