Category Archives: Honours and Awards

On this day 19th June 1918 – Gallantry Awards

19.6.18: Corps Commander awarded Bar to Military Medal to 240138 Sgt TW Spencer MM and 240244 Cpl EH White MM for gallantry and devotion to duty during raid of 6/7 inst.

Thomas William Spencer

Edward Huddlestone White

19.6.18: Surg.-Major AW Shea DSP rejoined Battalion from Rest Station.

Arthur Wilson Shea

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

On this day 3rd June 1918

3.6.18 London Gazette: SURG-MAJOR AW SHEA awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal. 166/240017 RQM Sergt W Barker awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

Arthur Wilson Shea DSO

166/240017 RQMS William Barker DCM

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

3/6/18 GORRE SECTOR: Quite day. Megs showed less activity at night. Three patrols went out.

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


On this day 25th May 1918 – casualties and awards


The following Officers and NCO were mentioned in the Dispatchers of the Field Marshall Commanding in Chief for gallant service in the field:-

Surgeon Major AW Shea

QM and Hon Captain WD Jamieson

2207/240469 Sgt John Peter Middleton

On this day 5th February 1918

5.2.18: CAPT GKK MAUGHAN and 240018 CSM BENNETT awarded the BELGIAN CROIX DE GUERRE.belgian-croix-de-guerre

170-bennett170/240018 CSM Sampson Bennett a Rifle Corp Volunteer and Pre-War Territorial from Burbage


Gardyne Keith Kilgour Maughan

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

New Years Honours 1918

1 Jan 1918 HONOURS & AWARDS: The following were included in the New Years Honours List:-

Military Cross Capt (A/Major) W SEATON

DCM 240029 Coy Sgt Major TW SLATER

Mentioned in Despatches

  • Captain (A/Lt Col) CB JOHNSON
  • Lt (A/Capt) BE JOHNSON
  • 240552 Sgt GP BAGSHAWjohnson-cb-and-eb

Cyril Benton and Evelyn Brownlow Johnson


2381/240552 Sergeant George Potter Bagshaw356 Slater

356/240029 Thomas William Slater (believed to be)

On evening 4th November 1917 – raid by 1/6th Battalion


For the full story see here

h32-and-h33-nov-19174/5.11.1917 HILL 70: Four Officers and 125 Other Ranks raided the enemy trenches capturing 3 prisoners and inflicting severe casualties in the enemy.

military_medal_obverseMilitary Medals to CPL SIMMONS, SGT HELLIWELL and PTE NADIN in connection with the operation.

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

4/XI/17: Raid carried out by “B” and “C” Companies 6th Sherwood Foresters at 8.40 PM under Capt GKK MAUGHAN. The detail of this is fully dealt with in the attached report (Appendix II). The extreme darkness of the night was found to be a serious hinderance to the operation, but not withstanding this, 3 prisoners were brought back to our lines. The enemy, when encountered at close quarters, surrendered without fighting. Hostile barrage was heavy, but came down very late and was chiefly behind our front line.

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


Men killed on the raid and buried in Philosophe British Cemetery in Mazingarbe

2496/240604 L/Sergeant John Edward Stevenson aged 31 and son of Edward and Mary Stevenson of 6 Smiths Yard, Union St., Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

2238/242626 Pte Royal Murray aged 36 and the adopted son of the late Mrs A Lineker. Previously served with the 1/8th Battalion.

Died of wounds

242507 L/Cpl Harrop Wycliffe Bingham from Tibshelf and buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery.

Missing in action

3797/241224 Pte George Harry Barber Simpson aged 26 and the son of George Goddard Simpson and Annie Simpson, of “Stoneleigh,” Hayfield Rd. in Chapel-en-Le-Frith. George was wounded during the raid and died of his wounds in a German Field Hospital; He was a Postman from Chapel.

3074/240880 Pte William Henry Brailsford was born in 1892 and was a resident of Clay Cross. He was a collier by trade and enlisted into the 2/6th Battalion in October 1914. He arrived in France on the 11th June 1916 as part of the 11th Reinforcement to the 1/6th Battalion.

2106/240416 Pte Charles Louis Metcalfe aged 20 and the son of Mrs A Metcalfe of 3 Werneth Avenue, Hyde, Cheshire.

1832/240291 Sergeant Moses Salt aged 20 and the son of Mr and Mrs Daniel Salt of Spring Bank, Peakdale, Derbyshire.

4499/241542 Pte Charles Albert Ormerod from Macclesfield.


simpson-reburialGeorge Simpson’s body was later recovered from a grave behind the German front line along with the bodies of three other British Soldiers. The Germans initial mis-recored him as serving with the 5th Reserve Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (which he may have done whilst in England).

It is interesting to speculate that the 3 unknown soldiers are our missing 1/6th Battalion men