Category Archives: On this day

On this day 11th November 1918: Armistice signed

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.

On these days 5th-6th November 1918: following up the enemy

5/11/18 CATILLON: Battn moved in early morning (03.00 hrs) to N outskirts of LA GROISE and later passing through the LINCOLN and LEICESTER Brigade followed up the enemy to the outskirts of PRISCHES.

This village being held in strength by MG rearguards it was decided to stay during night 5/6th in sites reached.

Casualties: 1 OR killed, 1 OR missing, 12 OR wounded.


6/11/18: The enemy having retired during the night, the Battalion entered PRISCHES amidst the great excitement and enthusiasm of the civilian inhabitants. Battn billeted in PRISCHES.

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

On this day 4th November 1918

4/11/18: Battn fell in at 06.00 hrs, moved up to L’ARBRE DE GUISE and formed part of a general reserve for the 1st and 32nd Division’s attack on the OISE-SAMBRE CANAL.

Orders received to move again and in the afternoon Battn moved up to vicinity of LA LOUVIERE. Night 4/5th at CATILLON.

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