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On these days 6th – 20th September 1918: training

Beuvry Area:

6.9.18: Battalions in VERQUIN – BEUVRY – BETHUNE area.

7.9.18: Moved by route march to the MARLES-LES-MINES area. Cleaning etc.

MARLES-LES-MINES:

8-10.9.18: Training under Brigade and Battalion arrangements.

11.9.18: The Brigade commenced to entrain at CALONNE RICOURT.

12-12.9.18: Detrained at CORBIE. Marched to billets in FRANVILLERS area.

FRANVILLERS:

14-17.9.18: Training under Brigade and Battalion arrangements.

18.9.18: Embussed at FRANVILLERS.

On these days 2nd – 5th September 1918 – successful operations carried out in the ESSARS sector

2.9.18: Quite day. Our line ran S14a 3.5, 58c 4.0, S8a 05.65, S1db 8.1, X6C 90.45.

3.9.18: A successful operation was carried out resulting in the capture of our objectives and a few prisoners.

See here

4.9.18: Another operation was successfully carried out.

5.9.18: Artillery active over the whole area. One shell hit HQ of 8th Sherwood Foresters and wounded Lieut Col.- RW CURRIN DSO and all his HQ staff, with the exception of his 2nd in Command.

Night 5th/6th relieved by 56th Division.


Casualties

  • 1769/73444 L/Cpl Harold Marsh aged 23 and the son of Ben and Mary Hannah Marsh; husband of Fanny Marsh of 3 Station Rd. Spa Lane in Chesterfield. Harold was a pre-War Territorial who enlisted in 1912 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915. He was wounded in 1915 and returned to England for treatment.
  • 20043/269262 Pte. Charles Norman Comins aged 23 and son of the late Charles and Mary Jane Comins of Lincoln. Charles had previously served with the 1/7th Battalion.
  • 93551 Pte. Frederick William Clay from Leek in Staffordshire. Frederick was a conscripted soldier who only served in France with the 1/6th Battalion.
  • 31847 Pte Francis William Dennis from Leabrooks in Derbyshire. Had previously served with the 16th Battalion.
  • 3815/266206 Pte. Albert Owen Hewson aged 21 and the Son of the late George Edward and Sarah Jane Hewson of 4 Harrington Drive on Derby Rd. in Nottingham. Had previously served with the 1/7th Battalion and arrived in France in 1916.
  • 3642/241152 Pte Joe Maxwell Moore aged 25 and the son of Harry and Sabine Moore of Whaley Common in Langwith Derbyshire.
  • 1699/240220 Sergt. George William Wall the son of William Wall of North Wood in Darley Dale Matlock. George was a pre-War Territorial who had enlisted in May 1912 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
  • 1537/240149 Cpl. Archibald Galbraith aged 28 and son of Thomas and Emily Galbraith; husband of E Galbraith of 21 Market St. Whaley Bridge. Archibald was a pre-War Territorial who had enlisted in January 1912 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
  • 2879/240778 Pte. Richard Milnes wounded by a bullet on the 4th September and died in the 22 Casualty Clearing Station 10 days later. Richard enlisted in October 1914 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.

On this day 30th August 1918: front line trenches

30.8.1918: Battalion relieved 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in the front line GORRE SECTOR.

‘A’ Coy on left, ‘B’ centre, ‘D’ right

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


30.8.1918: Quite day. Line advanced to approx Sloane Square.

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

On these days 27th – 29th August 1918: patrols in touch with enemy along whole front

27.8.1918: Quite day. Our patrols were constantly in touch with the enemy.

28.8.1918: A good deal of heavy artillery fire on the area F4. Patrols in touch with the enemy along whole front.

29.8.1918: Artillery fire normal. At dawn our left piquet was advanced.

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