The following men were taken ill and/or returned to England Time Expired
1588 Pte Walter Wragg a cotton operator from Little Hucklow and a Pre-War Territorial who served in “D” Company. Admitted to 1st North Midland Field Ambulance with scabies.
1012 Pte Edward Nightingale a coal miner from Eckington and Pre-War Territorial who served in “F” Company. Admitted to 1st North Midland Field Ambulance with scabies.
2609 Pte Arthur Collier a labourer from Whaley Bridge who enlisted in October 1914. Admitted to 1st North Midland Field Ambulance with scabies.
1804 Pte Harry Bagshaw a stonemason from Matlock and a Pre-War Territorial who served with “E” Company. Admitted to 1st North Midland Field Ambulance with scabies.
4101 Pte Alfred Allen from Old Whittington who enlisted in March 1915 and arrived in France with the 6th Reinforcement in March 1916. Admitted to 1st North Midland Field Ambulance, 30th Casualty Clearing Station and 22nd General Hospital with bronchial pneumonia. Transferred to England and discharged October 1916.
1317 Pte William Haywood a miner from Bolsover and Pre-War Territorial in “F” Company. Returned to England on the “SS Lydia” pending discharge due to Termination of Engagement.
1418 Charles Vernon Lee a cabinet maker from Chesterfield and Pre-War Territorial in “A” Company. Retuned to England pending discharge due to Termination of Engagement.
1409 Pte George Smart a miner from Clay Cross and Pre-War Territorial in “G” Company. Retuned to England pending discharge due to Termination of Engagement.
1404 Pte John Davenport a coal miner from Bolsover and Pre-War Territorial in “F” Company. Retuned to England on “SS Copenhagen” pending discharge due to Termination of Engagement.
16.2.1916 BEAUMETZ: Lt G.F. Gardner, 2/Lt T Grimshaw and 35 other ranks from Battalion Machine Gun Section proceeded to join 139th Brigade Machine Gun Company.
War Diary [WO/95/2694]
The numbers recorded in the War Diary appear to be incorrect - see below.
16.2.1916: The Brigade Machine Gun Company concentrated today under Capt F. B. ROBINSON in billets in BERNAVILLE.
139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]
The 139th Bde Machine Gun Company
Officers of the newly established 139th Brigade Machine Gun Company Commanded by Captain Francis Bradbury Robinson.
Army Service record for 3259 Pte George Harry Fearn, an electrician from Clay Cross, recording his transfer to the 139 BDE MACH GUN CORP on the 16th February 1916.
The 1/6th men that transferred to the 139th Brigade Machine Gun Company were as follows:-
In late 1915 the Battalion Machine Gun Section comprised a Lieutenant, Sergeant, Corporal, 2 drivers, batman and 12 Privates that were trained in the maintenance, transport, loading and firing of the Vickers heavy machine gun. These men made up two six-man gun teams.
3.2.1916 COULONVILLERS: Brigade Ceremonial Parade at GORENFLOS. 4 Lewis Guns received for Lewis detachment.
LONDON GAZETTE (Supplement) d/- 14.1.1916: 2006 Private WRIGHT. A, 1/6th Bn Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Reft (T.F.) AWARDED DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL.
War Diary [WO/95/2694]
My Company had been detailed to unload the transport wagons from the train and not far off was the steady drumming of artillery fire, the rise and fall of the very lights. We were back. Our journey into the unknown fairyland was over, but the experience had been worth it, but the re-entry into the battle area was a terrible shock.
During this time the following men returned to England as “Time Expired” :-
980 Joseph Huckles a coal miner from Staveley and an original member of “F” (Staveley and District) Company who enlisted in February 1909. Joseph had previously suffered a gun shot wound to the face on the 9th August 1915 whilst in the trenches at Sanctuary Wood.
1336 Ernest Arthur Edinboro a labourer from Brimington and an original member of “F” (Staveley and District) Company who enlisted in February 1911. Ernest had previously been taken sick in May whilst in the trenches at Kemmel.
The 6th Battalion left Southampton with the North Midland Division on the 25th February 1915.
The Battalion held the front line trenches 21 times between March and December 1915; including 1 major battle (the attack on Hohenzollern Redoubt).
Two Officer were killed during these 9 months; 2/Lt Henry Severne in May and 2/Lt Lewis Dickinson in September.
At least 10 Officers were also wounded during this time.
According to the War Diary 81 men were killed in the 9 months between March and December.
This does not include the 12 missing after the mine explosion on the 30th September; which was the biggest single loss of life to date.
The 1st man to be killed was 1470 Allen Redfern of Buxton who was shot by a sniper on the 10th March 1915 and is buried in Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery.
The last man to be killed was 3065 Joseph Brown, a miner from Grassmoor, who was last seen bombing in the German trench as the raiding party retired and was reported as missing on the 26th November. His body was never recovered or identified after the war and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
The War Diary records that 323 men were wounded during these 9 months; research suggests that this number is in fact much higher. Indeed the 139th Brigade War Diary records the following Casualties:-
1912 Pte. Harold Doherty a shoemaker from Stoney Middleton and a Pre-War Territorial who served with “D” Company suffered from ‘inflammation of connective tissue’ (ICT) in the right arm and was treated in the 32nd Casualty Clearing Station. He returned to duty on the 3rd January 1916.
3035 Pte. John Warren a miner from Danesmoor suffered from defective vision and was treated in the 32nd Casualty Clearing Station and 4th Stationary Hospital at St Omar. He was posted to the 46th North Midland Base Depot at Rouen before rejoining the 1/6th Battalion in Marseille on the 9th January 1916.
3024 Pte. Joseph Askew a labourer from Eckington suffered from a defective eye and was treated in the 32nd Casualty Clearing Station and 24th General Hospital at Etaples before being transfered to England.
661 Sergt.-Drummer John Samuel Bunting a corset maker from Ashbourne enlisted in 1908 aged 14 and served with “C” Company. John suffered from cellulitis of the left foot and after treatment in the 1st North Midland Field Ambulance he returned to duty.