On this day 13th November 1918: The award of decorations

13/11/18 BOULOGNE: The following decorations were awarded by the C in C for gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on BELLENGLISE and LEHAUCOURT 29th September 1918.

Military Cross

2/Lieut F Touch DCM

Lieut (A/Capt) H S Pink

2/Lieut RA Frith




Distinguished Conduct Medal


240819 Pte AL Howe

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

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-7th November 1918: three Derbyshire men are the last battle casualties

4486/241535 L/Cpl Edward Caleb Tanner DCM MM killed in action aged 21 and buried in Near West end of PRISCHES COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Son of Arthur and Sarah E. C. Tanner, of King St., Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

2124/240424 Pte Bernard James Bland died of wounds aged 22 and buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN. Son of Frank and Emily Bland, of 48, Storforth Lane Terrace, Hasland, Chesterfield. A Pre-War Territorial who served with A” Company and was wounded on 8.8.15 at Zillebeke.

93877 Pte George Frank Johnson MM died of wounds and buried in PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY

118547 Pte Charles Walker died of wounds aged 24 and buried in PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY. Son of John and Caroline Walker, of Marehay, Ripley, Derby; husband of Martha Ann Walker, of The Green, Heage, Belper, Derby.

Also wounded on this day

3903/241271 Cpl George Robert Mowbray and awarded SWB.

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.

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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]


On this day 2nd November 1918

2/11/18 BOHAIN: 2/Lieutenants JH DRURY and AT AULT joined from England.

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

Arthur Taylor Ault later served in 6th (Poona) Division of the Indian Army during the Iraq Rebellion in January 1920. Also served with the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary during the Irish War of Independence (1920-22). See here for details.

3782/241220 Pte Thomas Goodwin died of wounds aged 20 in the 3rd Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. Son of Isaac and Mary Ann Goodwin, of 16, Station Rd., Chesterfield. Enlisted February 1915 and arrived in France in 1916. Served with “A” Company and was wounded on 17.7.16 at Bellacourt during a German attack on the trenches.