1/5th Battalion casualties – working party or raid?
Buried in a North Midland Division Plot in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension
203652 Pte Pte David Radford aged 21. Son of Mary Radford, of 63, Cecil St., Derby, and the late Henry Radford.
74226 Pte Richard Robinson aged 19. Son of Richard and Georgiana Robinson, of 11, Lowther Hill, Forest Hill, London.
25.7.18 TRENCHES: Battalion relieved 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in the LEFT SUBSECTOR of the ESSARS SECTOR.
1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]
24.7.18: Enemy displayed increased activity. During the early morning a barrage was placed upon our front and support lines in left subsection and several hostile parties were seen: one of which attempted to approach our post at X.15.a.60.05. This was repulsed by Lewis Gun and Rifle Fire. Five patrols were out, two of which were by day.
It’s possible that 18833 Pte Robert William Hunt was killed at this time, but his body was not recovered and he is Commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
25.7.18: Quite day. Further information re attempted raid yesterday morning shows that about 30 of the enemy were seen by our reconnoitring patrol in front of Left Company. Two patrols were out by day and three by night. One encountered the enemy. 6th Sherwood Foresters relieved 5th Sherwood Foresters in Left subsection.
139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]
Arthur Carlton Pearce was killed in action aged 24
Son of Arthur and Margaret Pearce of 17 Fellows Rd., Hampstead in London. Served from 1914.
Alexander Claude Kirby was killed aged 24
Eldest son of Ernest William and Katharine Sophia Kirby of Woodend House, Walsall, Staffs.; husband of Williametta Kirby (nee Mayo) of Walsall.
21.7.18 VERQUIN: Battalion relieved 1/6th South Staffordshire’s in Brigade Support on the ESSARS SECTOR.
24.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut REH STOTT and 2/Lieut DJ CLARKSON joined Battalion.
25.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut LAB BECHER joined Battalion.
25.7.18 TRENCHES: 2/Lieut SN DEURANCE proceeded to England for report to War Office.
Donald James Clarkson served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July to 8th August
Donald James Clarkson died 2 weeks later aged 18.
“He was carrying out a particularly difficult task, accompanied by two N.C.O.’s, and had gained valuable information, when he was shot by the enemy. I deplore greatly the loss of this valuable and gallant young officer, who promised to be a credit to his battalion.”
[Nottingham Evening Post’, 16th August 1918]
Robert Edwin Hugh Stott served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July 1918 until 5th March 1919
Lancelot Allen Blakeney Becher served with the 1/6th Battalion from 24th July 1918 until the end of the War
Son of Charles Thompson Hicks and Lilian Martha Hicks, of Great Holland Hall; born at Gt. Holland, Essex.
Amidst the carnage of the Western Front the 139th Infantry Brigade held a horse show and sports day.
The various competitions and prize money
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.