On this day 8th May 1918 suffered several casualties

8.5.18 GORRE: 2/Lieut SG Johns wounded in action

Medical Board held for Sydney Gordon Johns in July 1917

1/6th Battalion War Diary recording the casualties for this Trench Duty

Also killed on this day was 97948 Pte Arthur Samuel Line aged 19 and a stockman from Ellington in Huntingdonshire. Arthur attested in November 1916 and was mobilised in June 1917. Following training he arrived in France in January 1918 and was posted to the 1/6th Battalion with the 43rd Reinforcement. He had served for 113 days on the Western Front before he was killed.

Memorial to Arthur in All Saints Churchyard in Ellington

Mortally wounded on this day was 2111/265329 Pte Walter Alford aged 28 and Son of Edward and Emma Alford of Nottingham; husband of Elizabeth Alford of Gregory’s Row, Woolinkin, Langley Mill, Nottingham.  Walter had arrived in France with the Robin Hood Rifles in February 1915 before transferring the the 1/6th Battalion (in January 1918). Note incorrect date on MIC.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]


8/5/18: Hostile artillery quiet with the exception of some shelling of GORRE BRIDGE at intervals throughout the day. Many low flying enemy aircraft were over the sector during the day.

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

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