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On this day 24th September 1918: Attacked enemy positions near PONTRUET

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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On this day 1st September 1918: operations against Scott and Hunters Posts

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The four men killed on the 1st September were:-

  • 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.

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

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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.

On 29th January 1918 – men of the Robin Hoods join the High Peak Territorials

t7-robin-hood-rifles29 Jan 18: 10 Officers and 185 OR posted from 1/7th Sherwood Foresters and joined the Battalion.

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

Nominal Roles will be sent to the Battalion as early as possible.

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


Possible Partial Nominal Roll

Unfortunately the Nominal Roll that was written in January 1917 no longer exists. However by examining the Victory and British War Medal Rolls it is possible to identify some of the men that most likely transferred from the 1/7 to 1/6th Battalion at this time.

  • 959/265035 WO Chris Greenwood
  • 1275/265049 Pte Thomas Wright
  • 1438/265069 Pte William Bradley
  • 1571/265117 Sgt Albert Henry Crofts
  • 1659/265146 L/Cpl Ernest Young
  • 1719/265172 Pte Fred Pilgrim
  • 1865/265215 Pte Walter Arthur Wilkinson
  • 2035/265290 L/Segt Claudius Richards
  • 2049/265295 Sgt Joseph Arthur Riffele
  • 2111/265329 Pte Walter Alford
  • 2113/265331 L/Sgt Percy Wallace Haskard
  • 2150/265352 Sgt Walter Leonard Moult
  • 2209/265385 Pte Edward Donnelly
  • 2301/265428 Sgt John William Sewell
  • 2344/265450 Pte Frederick Samuel Allen
  • 2346/265451 Pte Herbert Boot
  • 2348/265452 Pte Oliver Crump
  • 2379/265467 Pte Joseph Winfield
  • 2428/265491 Pte Samuel Henry Brindley
  • 2442/265495 Sgt Joseph Franklin Macklin
  • 2456/265503 Pte James Brady
  • 2527/265533 Pte William Moody
  • 2654/265606 L/Cpl George Frank Quinney
  • 2715/265639 Pte Sidney Pattinson Roe
  • 2729/265645 Pte Ralph Clifford Storer
  • 2824/265693 Pte George William Pare
  • 2867/265714 C/Sgt James Spencer
  • 2884/265724 Pte William Guildford
  • 3069/265806 Pte Thomas Allen
  • 3122/265830 Pte Albert Bland
  • 3134/265837 Pte William Joseph Watson
  • 3339/265935 Pte Ernest Parker
  • 3465/266009 Pte Percy Morrison Stevenson
  • 3534/266045 Pte Arthur Gunn
  • 3552/266053 Pte Arthur William Brown
  • 7119/267881 Pte John Albert Trueman
  • 267891 Pte Albert Edward Barker
  • 7156/267896 Pte Herbert Clay
  • 7176/267908 Pte Albert Towle
  • 7200/267922 Pte James Lomas
  • 7202/267923 Pte George Worsencroft
  • 7249/267946 Pte Frederick Chalres Wisby
  • 7262/267958 Pte Charles William Massingale
Note that all the men have 4-digit Territorial Force number indicating that they arrived in France in 1915 or 1916

 

On 26th January 1918 the two Robin Hood Battalions are amalgamated

t7-robin-hood-rifles26/1/1918: Orders have been received to the effect that 1/7th Sherwood Foresters will be amalgamated with the 2/7th Sherwood Foresters.

A nucleus of 12 Officers and 200 Other Ranks to be sent to 2/7th Sherwood Foresters and remainder of 1/7th Sherwood Foresters to be sent as drafts to the remaining three Battalions of the 139th Brigade. The brigade is then henceforward to be composed of three Battalions instead of four.amalgamation

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