Category Archives: On this day

On these days 16th-21st July 1918: cabling duties

16.7.18: Cleaning under Battalion arrangements.

17.7.18: 6th Sherwood Foresters and 139th Trench Mortar Battery dug cable trenches in BETHUNE.

18.7.18: Night of 17/18 July 5th Sherwoods Foresters dug trench and buried cable nears ESSARS.

19.7.18: Night of 19/20 July 8th Sherwood Foresters dug trench and buried cable near ESSARS.

20.7.18: Brigade Horse Show and Sports were held in BOIS DES MONTAGNES.

21.7.18: Relieved 137th Infantry Brigade in ESSARS SECTION.

On this day 18th July 1918: Maurice White died of wounds in a German POW camp

Maurice was a store man from Hove and enlisted into the Army Ordnance Corps at Woolwich in April 1915 aged 23. He was sent to France in October 1915.

On the 5th October 1917 he was transferred to the 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters with 10 men from the AOC and later the 2/7th Battalion on the 8th February 1918.

He was reposted wounded and missing at Bullecourt on the 21st April 1918 during the Kaiserschlacht.

On this day 16th July 1918: 2/Lieuts Albert Mackintosh and William Bavin joined for duty

16.7.18 VERQUIN: 2/Lieut A MACKINTOSH and 2/Lt W BAVIN joined Battalion.

Albert Mackintosh from Colville Drive in Nottingham served with the 1/6th Battalion from July until October 1918, when he was wounded and returned to England.

William Bavin from Nottingham served with the 1/6th Battalion until he was killed in action on the 29th September 1918.

On this day 14th July 1918

14/7/15: Artillery active against LE HAMEL. 250 rounds of all calibers up to 150mm were fired. In the early morning a medium TM was active against our front line in X22 and X15. Four patrols were out by night and two by day. Enemy was either seen or heard on five occasions.


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