On this day 14th August 1917 a trench raid by the 1/5th Bn

At 2am “B” and “D” Companies raided the enemy trenches between the following points:-

  • Enemy front line: H.13.a.16.95. to G.12.d.98.86.
  • Enemy support line: H.7.c.28.00. to H.7.c.10.40.

Raid 14 August 1917These operations succeeded in the capture of 2 prisoners on the 28th Reserve Infantry Regiment. Casualties were inflicted on the enemy and several dugouts destroyed.

28th RIR

28th Reserve Infantry Regiment shoulder strap see here

Our casualties were:- Killed 1, wounded 11 and missing 3.


  • 203649 Pte Walter Clarke aged 21 and son of Frank and Rosina Clarke of 1 Victoria Terrace in  Whitwell.
  • 203307 Pte John Henry Rodgers and son of Mr S Rodgers of Main St. in Danesmoor. Previously served as 4212 in the 1/6th Battalion and returned to England in June 1916 suffering from diphtheria. Returned to France in November 1916 with the 25th Reinforcement and was posted to the 1/5th Battalion under Army Order 204/16.4212:203307 Rodgers

clarke rodgers

Walter Clarke and John Rodgers are buried next to each other in Philosophe British Cemetery in Mazingarbe with other members of the 46th North Midland Division


  • 37935 Pte John Henry Underwood aged 21 and son of Thomas and Eliza Underwood of 73 Great Holme St. in Leicester. Arrived in France in 1916 and had previously served with the 15th Battalion. Returned to France on the 17th June 1917 and posted to the 1/5th Battalion on 8th July. Missing presumed dead on or after the 14th August 1917.Underwood
  • 80555 Pte Phillip Wilson from Pilsley in Derbyshire and only served in France with the 1/5th Battalion. Missing presumed dead on or after the 14th August 1917.80555 Wilson

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