Tag Archives: Le Touret

On these days 18-20th August: patrols in touch with enemy

Our patrols very active.

During this tour signs of retirement on part of enemy observed and on the 18th the Division on left report the evacuation of enemy posts.

On 19th we commenced to push forward and advanced line to King Street and got around the village of LE TOURET.

8 of the enemy together with 2 machine guns were captured. Many of the enemy were killed.

1/5th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

19.8.1918: Quite day. Patrols were in touch with enemy during the day. After dusk we established a post X.8.b.55.85. At 12.10am we successfully projected 300 Gas Drums into LE TOURET. No retaliation was noticed.

20.8.1918: Quite. By 9am posts were established along King Street from Canal at X.8.b.4.5. to X.9.c.5.7. 

By evening our line ran X3c, X9b, X16a, X16d, X17c approx. In touch with Brigades on flanks. Captures during the day.

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

Killed at this time were….

4430/201551 Pte Frank Arthur Southam from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Arrived in France in 1916 and only served overseas with the 1/5th Battalion.

203673 Pte Arthur Willis from Staveley.

201253 Pte Reginald Cecil Pritchett from Nottinghamshire. See here

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]