On this day 18th April 1918 – an attack is expected

Information was received at 2am that an attack was expected today N of the LA BASSEE CANAL.

  • 5th Sherwoods Foresters were ordered to move to CAMBRIN locality to act under orders of 1st Division.
  • 8th Sherwood Foresters move to SAILLY-LABOURSE locality.
  • 6th Sherwood Foresters moved from HOUCHIN to VAUDRICOURT.

Brigade is under orders to move at an hours notice, but this order is cancelled in the evening.

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


The 1/8th Battalion suffered casualties – all sons of Nottinghamshire and served overseas since 1915

269361 Pte Charles Harry Aram. Son of Mr A Aram of 2 Hall Street, Mansfield, Notts. Formerly 2206 1st Notts Yeomanry. Arrived in Egypt in April 1915 with the 2nd Mounted Division.

1622/305199 Cpl George Caudwell aged 22 Son of Edward and Susan Caudwell of 21 Bowling St., Mansfield, Notts. Arrived in France in March 1915 with the North Midland Division.

2778/305762 Pte Alfred Leader from Newark. Arrived in France in March 1915 with the North Midland Division.

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