On this day 18th June 1918 – a raid by the 1/5th Sherwoods

Narrative

Artillery barrage commenced punctually at ZERO (12-35am) and was excellent except on right, where it fell rather short and delayed a party of “B” party from moving forward.

“A” Party

2/Lt Waterhouse and 20 other ranks reached their objective – house at X.16.c.60.70 and captured two prisoners with a births Lewis Gun adapted to German ammunition.

The house was then examined and one prisoner captured in cellar. Hose was then flooded with paraffin and burnt down. On leaving this house the OC Party discovered a German hiding underneath a tub and he shot him.

2/Lt Harry Waterhouse was awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette 24.9.1918: In a raid on enemy posts at Le Touret/Essars Sector on the night of 18/18 June he Commanded a platoon and captured an enemy post, taking three prisoners and machine gun. He personally killed one of the enemy at close quarters and it was chiefly owing to his fine example of courage and determination that the attack was successful.

943 Sergeant Harry Waterhouse of Chinley was Commissioned on the 27th March 1917.

“B” Party

Sergt Pope and 20 other ranks were divided by our barrage half the party reached the objective at X.16.c.75.75.

Two Germans were encountered on the way to this house, and these were killed, and papers taken prom their bodies. This house after being searched was also destroyed and the remainder of party joined “C” Party.

203500 Sergeant James Pope was awarded the Military Medal, London Gazette 21.10.1918. For gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on several enemy posts near Le Touret on the night of 18th-19th June 1918, when he commanded one of the parties in the raid with great success.

Originally from London he enlisted into the Army Reserve in August 1914 and then served with the 9th Battalion (as 4971). He transferred to the 1/5th Battalion in September 1916 and was eventually posted home in September 1918 after receiving a gun shot wound. He was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

“C” Party

2.Lt Moore and 25 other ranks advanced along light railway and found 6 enemy in trench running alongside railway. Three of these were shot and killed in the trench, one bayonetted and two attempted to run towards orchard X16 central. These were both killed.

An Officer with knapsack also attempted to run from post X.16.c.73.90. He was shot at and dropped his pack and greatcoat. He ran for some distance and then fell apparently killed. The pack and greatcoat are sent herewith, also some papers taken from some of the killed enemy.

“D” and “E” Party

One Lewis Gun Section and 2/Lt Dench and 20 other ranks advanced along ditch on north side of RUE DE BOIS and under wire belt located previous daylight patrol of 2nd Lieut Nash. This Officer was unfortunately killed whilst completing an excellent reconnaissance.

2/Lt Joseph Richard Dench was to win the Military Cross for great dash and courage at Lehaucourt on September 29th 1918. He was also awarded two Bars for 3/10/18 (Montbrehain) and 6/11/18 (Prisches). Later served in Ireland with Auxiliaries.  

Casualties

Although no men were reported killed on the patrol, the 1/5th Battalion did in fact suffer 3 men killed that day. It is not known if they had been mortally wounded on patrol.

7627/203257 L/Cpl John Thomas Archer aged 24. Son of William and Catherine Archer of 19 Grayling St., Derby. Arrived in France in December 1916 and only served overseas with 1/5th Battalion. Previously enlisted in Derbyshire Yeomanry in November 1915.

5515/202259 Pte James Robert Trodd aged 39. Son of William Thomas and Ann Trodd, of I, Bell Lane, Ditton, Maidstone. Native of New Hythe, Maidstone. Attested in December 1915 and posted to 3/5th Sherwood Foresters in March 1916. Originally arrived in France in July 1916 and served overseas with the 1/5th and 2/5th Battalions. Previously wounded on 26th August 1917 whilst serving with 2/5th Battalion.

1602/20005/203272 Thomas Watts. From Lenton in Nottinghamshire. A pre-War member of the Robin Hood Rifles who arrived in France with the 46th North Midland Division in February 1915.

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