Category Archives: Casualties

On these days 2nd – 5th September 1918 – successful operations carried out in the ESSARS sector

2.9.18: Quite day. Our line ran S14a 3.5, 58c 4.0, S8a 05.65, S1db 8.1, X6C 90.45.

3.9.18: A successful operation was carried out resulting in the capture of our objectives and a few prisoners.

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4.9.18: Another operation was successfully carried out.

5.9.18: Artillery active over the whole area. One shell hit HQ of 8th Sherwood Foresters and wounded Lieut Col.- RW CURRIN DSO and all his HQ staff, with the exception of his 2nd in Command.

Night 5th/6th relieved by 56th Division.


Casualties

  • 1769/73444 L/Cpl Harold Marsh aged 23 and the son of Ben and Mary Hannah Marsh; husband of Fanny Marsh of 3 Station Rd. Spa Lane in Chesterfield. Harold was a pre-War Territorial who enlisted in 1912 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915. He was wounded in 1915 and returned to England for treatment.
  • 20043/269262 Pte. Charles Norman Comins aged 23 and son of the late Charles and Mary Jane Comins of Lincoln. Charles had previously served with the 1/7th Battalion.
  • 93551 Pte. Frederick William Clay from Leek in Staffordshire. Frederick was a conscripted soldier who only served in France with the 1/6th Battalion.
  • 31847 Pte Francis William Dennis from Leabrooks in Derbyshire. Had previously served with the 16th Battalion.
  • 3815/266206 Pte. Albert Owen Hewson aged 21 and the Son of the late George Edward and Sarah Jane Hewson of 4 Harrington Drive on Derby Rd. in Nottingham. Had previously served with the 1/7th Battalion and arrived in France in 1916.
  • 3642/241152 Pte Joe Maxwell Moore aged 25 and the son of Harry and Sabine Moore of Whaley Common in Langwith Derbyshire.
  • 1699/240220 Sergt. George William Wall the son of William Wall of North Wood in Darley Dale Matlock. George was a pre-War Territorial who had enlisted in May 1912 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
  • 1537/240149 Cpl. Archibald Galbraith aged 28 and son of Thomas and Emily Galbraith; husband of E Galbraith of 21 Market St. Whaley Bridge. Archibald was a pre-War Territorial who had enlisted in January 1912 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
  • 2879/240778 Pte. Richard Milnes wounded by a bullet on the 4th September and died in the 22 Casualty Clearing Station 10 days later. Richard enlisted in October 1914 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.

On this day 31st August 1918: the capture of Epinette East Keep

See here for details of the Operations

The four men killed during the attacks on the 31st August were:-

  • 3588/241139 Pte Walter Gratton aged 25 and the son of Benjamin and Mary Gratton of 3 Rose Cottages in Upper Town near Bonsall, Matlock. Walter enlisted in November 1914 and would have arrived in France during 1916.
  • 60573 Pte Albert Edward Hook aged 21 and the son of Emma Annie and the late Frederick Hook of West View on Alfreton Rd. in Derby. Albert had previously served with the 15th and 1/7th Battalions.
  • 91366 Pte. Edwin Harold Hoyle who was the husband of Alice Hoyle of 6 East St. Ilkeston in  Derbyshire. Edwin was conscripted in early 1917 and posted to the Sherwood Foresters.
  • 3052/240873 L/Cpl Peter Ryan aged 32 and a fitter from Chapel-en-le-Frith. Peter was from Ballynahinch in County Tipperary and enlisted in October 1914. He went to France with the 46th Division in February 1915. He had served a total of 3 years and 317 days overseas, but had only just rejoined the 1/6th Battalion on 31st July. He is commemorated on the Ballynahinch and Chapel War Memorials.

All four men are buried in FOUQUIERES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Plot IV, Graves F1-3 & 8.

On these days 17th and 18th August 1918: the enemy are preparing to withdraw

17-18.8.1918: Quite days. Patrols were out during hours of daylight and darkness. Enemy’s attitude indicated preparation for withdrawal.

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


3035/240862 Cpl John Warren was killed in action aged 37. Son of John and Elizabeth Warren, of Danes Moor, Derbyshire; husband of Ruth Mellors (formerly Warren), of 92, Flash Lane, Bramley, Rotherham. Enlisted 1914 and arrived in France in June 1915.

5947 Company Sergeant Major William Thomas Flanagan died at home aged 63. Son of Mortimer and Amelia Flanagan; husband of Florence Ruth Flanagan of Crossings Avenue, Manchester Road, Chapel-en-le Frith.

On the 15th and 16th August 1918: the Battalion suffers casualties

15.8.18 GORRE: Battalion relieved by in Left Subsector of the GORRE SECTOR by the 1/5th Lincolnshire Regiment and took over the Left Subsection of the ESSARS SECTOR from the 5th South Staffs Regiment.

16.8.18 ESSARS: Battalion relieved in Left Subsection of the ESSARS SECTOR by the 5th Sherwood Foresters.

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


16.8.18 ESSARS SECTION: Hostile artillery extremely active. During the early morning short intense barrages were put down on the front and support areas, This had the appearance of counter preparation. Became quite after 7am. Five patrols were out, two of which were by day.

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

5031/266640 Pte Arthur Haywood from Castle Donnington. Previously served with the 1/7th Battalion.

2077/240401 Cpl George Miles MM aged 23. Son of George and Louisa Miles, of Disley, Stockport. A pre War Territorial who arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.

1893/240319 Cpl James White aged 23. Son of Eliza and the late James White, of Eckington, nr. Sheffield. A pre War Territorial who arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915. Previously wounded on 1st July 1916.

4155/241380 Cpl John White aged 33. Son of Mrs. E. White, of Stonebroom, Alfreton, Derbyshire; husband of S. Jane White, of 442, Stonebroom, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Enlisted in early 1915 and arrived in France in November 1915.