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About mikebriggs1910

Mike Briggs obtained his PhD at the MRC Clinical Research Centre, Harrow, studying the genetic basis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. He undertook postdoctoral work at UCLA identifying the genetic basis of chondrodysplasias. In 1996 Mike moved to Manchester as an AR-UK Fellow to continue studying disease mechanisms in chondrodysplasia. In 2004 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship that was renewed in 2009. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Skeletal Genetics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University and continues to work on disease mechanisms in chondrodysplasia with a focus on identifying novel therapeutics for these rare diseases. Mike has been instrumental in establishing several European consortia for the diagnosis and research of rare skeletal diseases. These have included European Skeletal Dysplasia Network, EuroGrow and most recently SYBIL, a large-scale FP7 funded project involving 18 partners over 5 years.

On these days 17th – 19th May 1918 – enemy attempted a raid

17/5/18: Hostile artillery very active during early morning, firing being of a harassing nature.

18/5/18: Hostile artillery again active. At 8.30pm a light barrage of 105 mm shells and TM bombs was fired down on front line of right subsection.

19/5/18: At 3.15am the enemy attempted to raid one of posts near the RUE DU BOIS. He was driven off by rifle and LG fire before reaching our lines. Hostile artillery again active. 20 enemy aircraft crossed our lines during day.

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

81365 Pte John Perkins aged 29. Husband of B. Perkins, of 20, Berkeley St., Thurmaston, Leicester.

203005 Pte Albert Joseph Wakefield aged 30. Son of Frederick James and Hannah Maria Wakefield, of Derby; husband of Elizabeth Wakefield, of 9, Eton St., London Rd., Derby.

203388 Pte George Dennis. From Hucknall.

68th Trench Duty – 16th – 20th May 1918

20.5.18 ESSARS: Battalion relieved the 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in the left sub sector of the ESSARS SECTOR.

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

16/5/18 ESSAR SECTION: Hostile artillery very active during afternoon and evening and night firing heavy bursts on different areas. Inter-Battalion reliefs during the night.

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


On this day 15th May 1918 – some green gas shells

Hostile artillery active on front line of right sub sector during early morning and on LE HAMEL in the afternoon. Some green gas shells were fired on LE HAMEL.

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

67021 Pte Albert Beastall died of wounds aged 28. Son of Albert and Mary Ann Beastall of 114 Outram St., Sutton-in-Ashfiel in Nottinghamshire.