On this day 16th July 1916

16.7.1916 BELLACOURT: 2/Lt BN Parker joined from England.

Very little is known about Bertram Noel Parker other than he lived at Robertswood in Matlock.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

16th: The 137th Brigade took over trenches 133-140 from the 6th Battn SF this afternoon & was completed by 4.30 pm. Subsequently the 6th Sherwood Foresters took over trenches up to 152 from the 8th Sherwoods. This relief was complete at 9 pm (see Operations Order No. 73).

Disposition of Units now:-

RIGHT SECTOR Trenches 141-152: 6th Sherwoods

LEFT SECTOR Trenches 153-166: 8th Sherwood

5th Sherwoods in Brigade Reserve in BELLACOURT finding garrisons for BOUNDARY, STARFISH, BURNT FARM & ORCHARD POSTS.139 Trenches Bellacourt 1915

7th Sherwoods in Divisional Reserve in BAILLEUVAL.

Ossiers MapThe enemy opened early this AM with 4 trench mortars against the OSIERS Trench Section, doing very considerable damage to the trench. We had 10 Casualties. There appeared to be 4 guns – two large & two small.

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

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