Category Archives: Casualties

139th Trench Mortar Battery casualties on this day


John Lakeman Percival MC


139-tmb-casualties-may-1917The following men were wounded:-

  • 2351/240538 Sgt Harry Wilshaw DCM
  • 4250/241415 L/C Percy Thomas Dudley
  • 1877/240310 L/Cpl Albert Henry Wyche
  • 2151/240439 Pte William Wheatley
  • 3348/242631 Pte Robert Hall
  • 3158/265847 Pte Arthur Woods
  • 1954/328036 Pte George Spencer
  • 2554/200584 Pte George Edward Sanders
  • 5836/267110 Pte Frederick Longhurst Frampton
  • 5221/269815 Pte Joseph Thomas Harris
Note: all the men have 4-digit Territorial Force numbers which means that they arrived in France during 1915-16.

Captain Harold Keith Simonet MC and his runner Pte George Frederick Garratt MM are mortally wounded

“It was during the first tour that we had the great misfortune to lose a very gallant Officer and sportsman – H. K. Simonet.

He had moved his Company Headquarters from an unprotected hellhole to a cottage at Les Facons, in the outpost line itself, only to get a direct hit on it almost immediately which resulted in Simonet and his runner Pte Garratt, one of the most reliable and gallant men in the Battalion, being badly wounded. Neither recovered, and they were buried near each other in the Cemetery at Lapugnoy”

[History of the 1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters 1914-1919, Captain WCC Weetman]

Harold Keith Simonet

“A most capable Officer of Fien leadership and magnificent character, “Simmy” was liked by all and his loss was felt most keenly throughout the Battalion”

307644 Pte George Frederick Garratt

George Frederick Garratt aged 20 and the son of Lucy Ann Garratt of 28 Babbington Lane, Derby.

George only served overseas with the 1/8th Battalion, but most likely joined the 3/5th Battalion prior to that. It is unclear when he won the Military Medal, which was announced in the London Gazette on the 28th January 1918. Captain Simonet lead a number of fighting patrols towards the end of 1917 and as his Company Runner, its likely that George accompanied him on these raids and won the gallantry award during this time. There is no record in the Battalion War Diary or Battalion History.

On this day 28th April 1918 – Several Brigade casualties

28.4.18: Battalion relieved by 1/5th Lincolnshire Regiment and moved into Divisional Reserve at VERQUIN.

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

28/4/18: 139th Infantry Brigade is relieved in ESSARS SECTION by 138th Infantry Brigade.

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

202168 L/Cpl Sidney Earle Keeler aged 23. Son of John Edmund and Anna Maria Keeler, of Manor Farm, Roughton, Norwich.

201856 Pte Thomas Edward Walton aged 24. Son of Mr. C. E. and Mrs. S. H. Walton, of 19, Vale St., Derby.

241479 Pte George Arthur Page aged 41. Son of George and Zilpah Page, of 6, Bank Yard, Low Pavement, Chesterfield.

306071 Pte Ernest Cross aged 39. Son of George and Sarah Ann Cross, of 56, William St., Newark, Notts.

306497 Pte Fred Townsend aged 19. Son of William Townsend, of Wellingore, Lincoln.

Bothers Robert and Thomas Walton from Derby are killed within 2 days of each other

3773/201160 Pte Robert Walton aged 20. Son of Mr CE and Mrs SH Walton of 19 Vale St., Derby. A waggon builders boy he enlisted in November 1913 aged 15.

“It is with great regret that I have to inform you that a serious accident happened this afternoon to your son. He was asleep with Pte. R Watson, a friend of his in a shelter in our trench, when a shell exploded close to them, and they must have died at once, without knowing anything about it. It has been a great loss, not only to the Platoon, but to the entire company, and to every one of us, it was a terrible grief when what had happened. I went up at once to find out if anyone had been seriously hurt, as I saw the shell come, and then the stretcher bearers. I saw it was fatal when I got there.”

[Worksop Guardian 10 May 1918]

Note: The misspelling in the paper, which should refer to Pte Robert Walton

4923/201856 Pte Thomas Edward Walton aged 24.

Thomas had only just been posted back to the 1/5th Sherwood Foresters on the 14th February 1918 after serving in the Labour Corps as a result of deafness brought on by a shell explosion in  May 1917.

In addition to losing her two son’s their processions were also lost to the family