Category Archives: Trench duty

68th Trench Duty – 16th – 20th May 1918

20.5.18 ESSARS: Battalion relieved the 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in the left sub sector of the ESSARS SECTOR.

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

16/5/18 ESSAR SECTION: Hostile artillery very active during afternoon and evening and night firing heavy bursts on different areas. Inter-Battalion reliefs during the night.

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


67th Trench Duty 6th-10th May 1918

6.5.18 LE QUESNOY: Battalion relieved the 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in the left subsection of the GORRE SECTION.

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

6/5/18: Quite day. Considerable movement of horse transport was seen on ESTAIRES-LA-BASSEE Road. Many civilian carts were also seen on this road.

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

66th Trench Duty 2nd-4th May 1918

2.5.18 VERQUIN: The Battalion releived the 1/6th North Staffs Regt in Right Subsection of the GORRE SECTOR.

Right Sub-Sector of the GORRE Section

Left Sub-Sector of the GORRE Section

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

1/5/18 – 2/5/18 GORRE SECTOR: Brigade in Divisional Reserve in FOUQUIRES VADRICOURT area. Relieves 137th Infantry Brigade in GORRE SECTION on night 2/3 May.

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

65th Trench Duty 24th April – 2nd May 1918

24.4.18: Battalion relieved 7th Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry in line ESSARS SECTOR on right of LOCON.

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

24/4/18 ESSARS SECTOR: 139th Infantry Brigade relieves 8th Infantry Brigade in the line in ESSARS SECTION on night 24/25.

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

64th Trench Duty 9th – 11th April 1918

9.4.18 ST EMILE SECTOR: Battalion relieved 1/8th Sherwood Foresters in LEFT SUBSECTOR.

9.4.18: C in C’s List No 182 Lt FS Rowland MC to A/Capt whilst Commanding a Company

Frank Skinner Rowland

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

9/4/18: Back areas were shelled with gas during the night. One of our patrols entered enemy trench in vicinity of NORMAN brick stacks and found dead German of 209th Infantry Regiment.

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

On the last day of March 1918 – 63rd Trench Duty

31.3.18 BRIGADE SUPPORT CITE ST PIERRE: Battalion relieved 1/8th Sherwood Foresters in the RIGHT SUB SECTOR of the ST EMILIE SECTOR N13.b.60.10 to N.8.d.10.80.

31.3.18: 2/Lieut JF DENNIS MC returned from leave

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

31st March: If weather conditions are favourable gas projectors will be discharged on enemy trenches apposite ST EMILIE SECTION. The gas bombardment was cancelled on Brigade Front.

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

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery

267188 Pte Thomas Henry Evans from Huthwaite died of wounds. Formerly served as 7168 in the Robin Hood Rifles (arrived in France in 1916?).

80496 Pte John William Riley from Alfreton died of wounds. Only served overseas with the 1/5th Battalion.

Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension

204710 Pte Frederick Samuel Jeffery was killed in action. Only served overseas with 1/5th Battalion. From Calverton In Nottinghamshire and husband of Mrs. D. Harpham (formerly Jeffrey)

93651 Pte William Horace Oliver was killed in action.Posted to Sherwood Foresters between July and September 1917 and only served overseas with 1/5th Battalion. Son of Mrs Agnes Winifred Podmore of 6 William St., Stoke-on-Trent.

62nd Trench Duty 24th – 27th March 1918

24.3.18 ANNEQUIN: Battalion relieved by 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in ANNEQUIN LOCALITY and relieved 1/8th Sherwood Foresters in the CAMBRIN SECTOR A.28.c.50.30 to A.21.d.70.50.

Note: I think that this is a mistake in the War Diary and it actually refers to A27d

Dispositions reorganised for expected enemy attack 25.3.18. Front line lightly held. Reserve line strengthened.

Battalion HQ moved to FACTORY TRENCH from No. 1 SIDING.

1/8th Sherwood Foresters held in close support.

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

24th March: Information received of enemy preparing for an attack on the Bde front. 6th SF relieve 8th SF in front line.

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