On this day 11th March 1918 – three men of the 1/6th Battalion died

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  • 3024/240854 Pte Joseph Askew from Sheffield.
  • 7690/242487 Pte Harold Foxon formerly 2458 Derbyshire Yeomanry.
  • 4441/241515 Pte John Stevenson from Chesterfield. Enlisted in July 1915 and served with “B” Company. Was previously wounded on 1.7.1916 at Gommecourt.

There is no specific information on how these three men died, but at the time the 1/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters were providing working parties for cable burying and it is most likely that they were killed during this work, possible the result of shell fire.

Two men were also mortally wounded at this time.


3024/240854 Pte Joseph Askew

Joseph Askew was a 32 year old labourer from Eckington who enlisted into the 2/6th Battalion in October 1914. He was transferred to the 1/6th Battalion in August 1915 and arrived in France with the III Reinforcement. He injured his eye and returned to hospital in England in December 1915. Joined the 6th Reinforcement in March 1916 in time for the Battle of the Somme.

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