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On this day 14th June 1918 – ‘A bold daylight reconnaissance’

14.6.18 LONDON GAZETTE: 2/Lieut JF DENNIS MC to be made Lieutenant 25/4/18.

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

14.6.18 ESSARS SECTION: Quite day. About 70 rounds Priester Bombs were fired into MES PLAUX and X15.

Fourteen Patrols were out, five of which were by day light

One of the latter was a bold reconnaissance of area X.16.c.60.65. This patrol went out twice during the morning and once during the afternoon, when the Officer was killed by a bullet from house X.16.c.60.65. His body could not be recovered owing to heavy rifle fire.

The Officer in question would appear to be Arthur James Nash who is recorded as killed on the 13th June 1918. see here

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

On this day 14th March 1918 – The Cambrin Sector

14.3.18 BEUVRY: Battalion moved into Brigade support of CAMBRIN SECTOR.

  • Battalion HQrs, “C” & “D” Companies at BEURY.
  • “A” Company in WIMPOLE ST, LA BASSEE 36C NW1 1/10,000 A.26.b.50.50.
  • “B” Company in FACTORY DUGOUTS A.26.d.20.30.

14.3.18 BEUVRY: Captain EF WINSER attached to 465 Field Company RE. 2/Lt JF DENNIS on leave.

Eric Franklin Winser joined the 6th Battalion on the 5th October 1917 and was still serving at the end of the War. He won the Military Cross in 1918.

John Francis Dennis transferred from the Robin Hood Rifles on the 14th January 1917 and and was still serving with the 1/6th Battalion at the end of the War.

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

14th March: Brigade took over centre sector of the Divisional Front. The sector in known as ‘CAMBRIN SECTOR’.

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