29/11/18: 33 Coal miners sent to England for work under Class W of the Army Reserve.
1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]
11/11/18 BOULOGNE: Armistice signed. Hostilities ceased at 11.00 hrs.
The following men died on this day
11260 Harry Noel Lancaster from Newcastle in Staffordshire. Attested in October 1916 and was mobilised on the 19th February 1917. Arrived in France in April 1918 and was posted to the 7th Battalion. Reported missing and Prisoner of War on the 16th April 1918 and died in the 11th November 1918 aged 19.
266018 Pte Albert Duke died of pneumonia in Nottingham Military Hospital aged 22. Son of Mrs. Hannah Wilford, of 8, Radcliffe Terrace, Radcliffe St., Nottingham. Born at Gamston, Notts. Died of pneumonia whilst home on leave. Arrived in France in June 1915.
4643/266399 Pte Rowland Young from Nottingham. Arrived in France in October 1915 wounded and taken prisoner in March 1915. Died of influenza in hospital in Germany on 11 November 1918. He is buried in Niederzwenren Cemetery.
100136 Pte Thomas Savage Handy died of injuries under suspicious circumstances aged 35. Son of Thomas and Lucy Handy; husband of Gertrude Handy, of 29, Halford St., Smethwick, Staffs. Attested May 1916 and mobilised January 1918.
Number 9 Platoon, “C” Company, 1/6th Sherwood Foresters
On the morning of Sept. 24th Lt. Jepson came to us lads and told us that we were to go over the top with the Leicesters, zero was at 5 o’clock, this was 2 o’clock and about 3 o’clock he brought us an issue of rum just to liven us up a bit. Half an hour after we had orders to toll up our great coats in bundles and dump them on the dump. About quarter past four Mr Jepson led the Platoon along the sunken road up to the ridge and lined us up in Artillery Formation.
We all got down in shell-holes and waited for zero. The zero came in and it was like hell let loose, the shriek of the shells was like a thousand locomotives welcoming in New Years Day – the flashing of our shells on his trenches, flare lights going up in all directions. It was just the sane as seeing Bosches fire work display. Up rose the gallant No. 9 Platoon who went forward like one man.
The spirit of the troops was absolutely marvellous. They stormed the trenches. Jerry went helter skelter and we lads after them. We reached our objective with only one casualty – Pte. Jones was shot in the forearm. By that time dawn was beginning to break, you could see the Leicesters on our left go forward and the wounded coming in. Shortly after some of the Leicesters came down our trench with about 100 prisoners. Our chaps were soon after souvenirs as they came along and about every man in the Platoon had a watch.
We held our objectives for 48 hours when ‘A’ Coy came to relieve us.
[202274 L/Sgt Frank Mayne of Letter “C” Company, 1/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters]
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- Second Lieutenant Leonard Victor Burrows aged 26 and the son of JR and Florence Burrows of Belper and Husband of Jessie Burrows of Stirton Grange in Skipton, Yorkshire.
- 5040/235021 Pte. Albert Victor Jackson aged 21 and the son of William and Emma Jackson of Hyson Green in Nottingham. Albert enlisted into the 3/7th Battalion in September 1915 and after service with the 5th Reserve and 1/5th Battalions he was posted to the 1/6th Battalion on 29th January 1918 with the 45th Reinforcement.
- 82872 L/Cpl Frederick Murfin aged 24 and husband of Nellie Murfin, of 48 Brook St. in Derby. Frederick attested in January 1915 and was mobilised in March 1917 and posted to the 3rd Battalion. He was transferred to the 1/6th Battalion on 20th January 1918 with the 43rd Reinforcement and joined the Battlion in the field on 18th February.
- 97990 Pte Lewis Spencer aged 19 and the son of George Thomas and Lilly Flora Spencer of Dunston in Lincolnshire. Lewis attested in January 1917 and was mobilised in March 1917. He was initially posted to the 11th Training Reserve Battalion before transferring to the Sherwood Foresters in December 1917. He was transferred to the 1/6th Battalion from the 2nd Battalion on 10th February 1918 with the 48th Reinforcement and joined the Battlion in the field on 25th March.
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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.