On this day 18th December 1916

18.12.1916 TRENCHES: Battalion relieved by 5th Battalion and marched into Brigade Support billets.

  • Two Companies & Headquarters moving to SOUASTRE.
  • Two Companies staying in FONQUEVILLERS.

Battalion finding fatigue parties during Brigade Support.

Casualties during the Tour – 4 other ranks wounded:-

  • 1913 Pte Alfred McIntye serving with “D” Company and wounded on the 13th December. A bleacher from Bakewell who enlisted in May 1913 aged 17 and arrived in France in February 1915. Qualified as a Lewis Gunner
  • 4483 Pte Joshua Smith Snowden serving with “A Company and wounded on the 16th December. Enlisted in August 1915 and arrived in France in 1916. Discharged and awarded the Silver War Medal.
  • 4381 Pte William Holmes serving with “C” Company and wounded on the 16th December. A brick maker from Youlgreave who enlisted in June 1915 and arrived in France with the 17th Reinforcement in August 1916. Qualified as a Signaller.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

8th Foncquevillers 1917

Sherwood Foresters Battalion H.Q. The Brasserie, Fonquevillers, March 1917. Showing Strombos horn and shell case gas alarms. Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 4919).


18th: Centre Company of left sub sector heavily trench mortared during the afternoon to which our mortars replied. 5th and 7th Battalions take over front line trenches.

Trench Mortar 1916

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

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