On this day 17th June 1917

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.

Granatenwerfer 16

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

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