No record in the 1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]
June 17 Trenches: Quite day.
139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]
Despite 139 Brigade recording ‘quite day’ the 1/7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters had 45 casualties including 10 men killed or dying of gas poisoning over a period of 3 days.
Enemy Gas On night 15/16 at 11/30 pm the enemy shelled the area between the RIGHT Company Posts in NOVEL and the Company HQ with 300 to 400 Priester Gas Bombs causing 45 casualties mostly in D (Right) Company.
The effects of the gas lasted about 30 minutes but all the outposts were kept fully manned and a relief of posts carried out immediately the gas cleared. The following were killed or died in hospital:-
- 265246 Sergt Joseph Read D Coy
- 266647 Pte A Marson D Coy
- 269830 Pte E Marshall
- 267823 Pte H Hawthorne D Coy
- 267376 Pte F Richardson D Coy
- 269292 H Hindle D Coy
- 305650 H Johnson C Coy
- 267941 John Thornley D Coy
- 269862 WJ Long C Coy
- 265818 Pte Lawrence William Wykes