Category Archives: Officers

On this day 9th August 1918

9th Aug GORRE: 2/Lieut DJ CLARKSON killed in action when on patrol.

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

9.8.18 GORRE SECTOR: Right Battalion HQ shelled with 200 10.5 & 15cm shells. 8 patrols out. one of which encountered the enemy. 2/Lt CLARKSON 6th SF was killed, his body being Brough in.

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

On the night 5th/6th August 1918 – a working party suffers casualties

Night 5th/6th Aug:

Battalion provided a working party of 500 Other Ranks on cable trench in forward area (ESSARS).

Lieut F TOUCH DCM wounded in action.

3129/240913 PteThomas James Neep died of wounds aged 26

On this day 26th July 1918: Edwin Charles Brodbeck was killed on patrol

1/5th Battalion casualties – working party or raid?

Buried in a North Midland Division Plot in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension

203652 Pte Pte David Radford aged 21. Son of Mary Radford, of 63, Cecil St., Derby, and the late Henry Radford.

74226 Pte Richard Robinson aged 19. Son of Richard and Georgiana Robinson, of 11, Lowther Hill, Forest Hill, London.

On these days 21st – 25th July 1918: New Officers arrive

21.7.18 VERQUIN: Battalion relieved 1/6th South Staffordshire’s in Brigade Support on the ESSARS SECTOR.

24.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut REH STOTT and 2/Lieut DJ CLARKSON joined Battalion.

25.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut LAB BECHER joined Battalion.

25.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut SN DEURANCE proceeded to England for report to War Office.

Donald James Clarkson served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July to 8th August

Donald James Clarkson died 2 weeks later aged 18.

“He was carrying out a particularly difficult task, accompanied by two N.C.O.’s, and had gained valuable information, when he was shot by the enemy. I deplore greatly the loss of this valuable and gallant young officer, who promised to be a credit to his battalion.”

[Nottingham Evening Post’, 16th August 1918]

Robert Edwin Hugh Stott served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July 1918 until 5th March 1919

Lancelot Allen Blakeney Becher served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July 1918 until the end of the War