Category Archives: On this day

On these days 17th – 19th May 1918 – enemy attempted a raid

17/5/18: Hostile artillery very active during early morning, firing being of a harassing nature.

18/5/18: Hostile artillery again active. At 8.30pm a light barrage of 105 mm shells and TM bombs was fired down on front line of right subsection.

19/5/18: At 3.15am the enemy attempted to raid one of posts near the RUE DU BOIS. He was driven off by rifle and LG fire before reaching our lines. Hostile artillery again active. 20 enemy aircraft crossed our lines during day.

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

81365 Pte John Perkins aged 29. Husband of B. Perkins, of 20, Berkeley St., Thurmaston, Leicester.

203005 Pte Albert Joseph Wakefield aged 30. Son of Frederick James and Hannah Maria Wakefield, of Derby; husband of Elizabeth Wakefield, of 9, Eton St., London Rd., Derby.

203388 Pte George Dennis. From Hucknall.

On this day 15th May 1918 – some green gas shells

Hostile artillery active on front line of right sub sector during early morning and on LE HAMEL in the afternoon. Some green gas shells were fired on LE HAMEL.

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

67021 Pte Albert Beastall died of wounds aged 28. Son of Albert and Mary Ann Beastall of 114 Outram St., Sutton-in-Ashfiel in Nottinghamshire.

139th Trench Mortar Battery casualties on this day


John Lakeman Percival MC


139-tmb-casualties-may-1917The following men were wounded:-

  • 2351/240538 Sgt Harry Wilshaw DCM
  • 4250/241415 L/C Percy Thomas Dudley
  • 1877/240310 L/Cpl Albert Henry Wyche
  • 2151/240439 Pte William Wheatley
  • 3348/242631 Pte Robert Hall
  • 3158/265847 Pte Arthur Woods
  • 1954/328036 Pte George Spencer
  • 2554/200584 Pte George Edward Sanders
  • 5836/267110 Pte Frederick Longhurst Frampton
  • 5221/269815 Pte Joseph Thomas Harris
Note: all the men have 4-digit Territorial Force numbers which means that they arrived in France during 1915-16.