On this day 14th July 1916

No record in the War Diary [WO/95/2694]


14th: A very quite day. We have never been in such quit trenches before. The 137th Brigade on our right attempted to carry out a raid tonight, but it did not meet with success.

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


Even though it was a ‘very quite day’……..

1487 Pte George Edward Pratt, a railway servant from Brimington and a Pre-War Territorial who served with F Company was killed in action. He was the first man to be buried in Bellacourt Military Cemetery at Riviere.

“Private G. E. Pratt of Brimington attached to the Sherwood Foresters, has been killed, the sad information having been conveyed to his wife by Lieut. Col. Goodman, who stated that Pratt was killed on the 14th instant. Private Pratt was a member of the Territorials, and has gone through a lot of heavy fighting. He was 27 years of age, and leaves a widow and one child.”

[THE DERBYSHIRE TIMES, SATURDAY, JULY 29, 1916]
1487 Pratt
Pratt Burial

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