On this day 13th August 1918: 2/Lt Lake and Pte Bernard Taylor missing on patrol

13.8.18: 2/Lt Lake reported ‘missing’ off patrol. This Officer led a fighting patrol against an enemy post which he had previously reconnoiter by day.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

14.3.18: Artillery and trench mortars fairly active. Six patrols were out – one of which was engaged at close quarters by 2 Megs. One Officer (2/Lt TA LAKE 6th Sherwood Foresters) and one private are missing.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]


Thomas Ashton Lake

Also missing was 2149/240438 Pte Bernard Taylor a quarryman from Tideswall and pre-War Territorial.

On these days 10th-12th August 1918: quite days…..but there were casualties

10.8.18: Quite day. Enemy gas shelled our left sub sector.

11.8.18: Quite day. Six patrols were out during night.

12.8.18: A good deal of blue and yellow cross was fired into Gore Wood: otherwise the day was quite. Six patrols were out.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]


202174 Pte Albert Butterworth aged 30. Son of Matilda Butterworth, of 31, East Barnet Rd., New Barnet, Herts, and the late William Butterworth. Attested in March 1916.

102477 Pte Harry Glover aged 19. Son of Jane Glover, of 60, Ruby St., Old Kent Rd., London. Called up for service in May 1917.

265576 Pte James McGraw aged 23. Son of Eliza McGraw, of 30, Lambert Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham, and the late Joseph McGraw.

On this day 9th August 1918

9th Aug GORRE: 2/Lieut DJ CLARKSON killed in action when on patrol.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]


9.8.18 GORRE SECTOR: Right Battalion HQ shelled with 200 10.5 & 15cm shells. 8 patrols out. one of which encountered the enemy. 2/Lt CLARKSON 6th SF was killed, his body being Brough in.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

On the night 5th/6th August 1918 – a working party suffers casualties

Night 5th/6th Aug:

Battalion provided a working party of 500 Other Ranks on cable trench in forward area (ESSARS).

Lieut F TOUCH DCM wounded in action.


3129/240913 PteThomas James Neep died of wounds aged 26