On this day 12th August 1916

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


12th: Situation normal. During the night a patrol of 12 men under Lieut Emmett 7th Sherwoods were reconnoitring the OSIERS in R 33 d and were fired upon and bombed by a strong enemy party, posted in and on both sides of the OSIER BED. After replying with rifle fire – Lieut Emmett patrol withdrew a short distance and returned to our lines. Finding one man was missing Lieut Emmett took out a small party and a lewis Gun, opened fire with the latter and succeeded in finding the wounded man and bringing him in. The Ossier bed was thoroughly searched and no trace of the enemy found.

The Osier BedOsier Bed 2010

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


Reginald Boutwood Emmett

London Gazette 26th January 1917Emmett 1915 copy

Near Blairville on 13th August 1916, when out with a patrol of 12 men an enemy covering party opened fire and threw bombs, wounding him and three of his party. On his return a man was found to be missing, so he went out again, found him, and brought him in. He then then went out with another party and a machine gun to see if any of the enemy was still left in “No Man’s Land”.

Later served with the 2/7th Battalion and reported missing and Prisoner of War on the 21st March 1918. Repatriated 18th December 1918.

Lieut. Reginald B. Emmett is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Emmett, of Broadgate, Beeston. He was educated at the Nottingham High School and in Switzerland, and afterwards joined his father in business as a lace manufacturer at Beeston. He joined the King's Royal Rifles with the Notts. Magdala players at the outbreak of war, and received a commission in the Sherwood Foresters in July, 1915, being promoted in July last. He was awarded the Military Cross in September, 1916. He is an old member of the Notts. Rowing Club, and ran with the Mapperley Hare and Hounds for many years.

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