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On this day the 1st December 1918: Decorations were awarded

1/12/18 LANDRECIES: The following decorations were awarded for gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations around RAMICOURT on 3/10/18.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

240804 Sgt Charles Greatorex. A tape weaver from Wirksworth. He enlisted in October 1914 ad arrived in France in 1916. served with “B” Company and was wounded on 8.3.17 at Pigeon Wood near Gommecourt

241116 L/Cpl Percy Poyser. A mill hand from Ashbourne. Enlisted in November 1914 and arrived in France in August 1915.

241535 L/Cpl Edward Caleb Tanner MM. Enlisted in August 1915 and arrived in France in 1916. Served with No 9 Platoon C Company and k/a 5.11.18 when the Battalion were moving to new positions at La Groise.

241182 Pte Alfred Thomas. Enlisted January 1915 and arrived in France in1916.  Served with “B” Company and was wounded on 24.5.16 at Foncquevillers and again on 8.3.17 at Pigeon Wood near Gommecourt.

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

On this day 30th November 1918: Award of decorations

Following decorations awarded for gallantry and devotion to duty near RAMICOURT on 3rd October 1918.

Distinguished Service Order: Lieut (A/Major) JA SHEDDEN, MC

Bar to Military Cross: Lieut (A/Capt) E KERSHAW, MC

Military Cross: Capt (A/Major) EF WINSER and 2/Lt CB NEWELL

On this day 3rd October 1918

On the morning of 3rd October the 139th Brigade were ordered to capture the villages of Ramicourt and Montbrehain with support from the 137th Brigade on the right and the 2nd Australian Division on the left. Nine tanks had also been alloted to this attack and were due to advance immediately behind the first wave.

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An abridged version of the attack is below, visit here for the full account.

The three battalion of the 139th Brigade moved forward and the 1/6th Battalion occupied the railway cutting as it crossed the Ramicourt to Montbrehain road approximately 200 yards from the village. The men moved cautiously towards Montebrahain using the sunken road and were ordered to pass through the village to the eastern outskirts and consolidate their positions there.

The 6th Battalion moved up the sunken road and towards the centre of Montebrahain. It was supported in this attack by the single remaining tank of the 5th Battalion Tank Corps which cleared out a nest of 16 machine guns that was holding the Battn up. Unfortunately the tank itself was put out of action shortly afterwards.

The Battalion reached as far as Montebrehain close to the blue dotted line. However, the Germans offered strong resistance around the cemetary on the north east edge of the Village. Following a series of isolated frontal attacks the village was finally rushed and cleared of Germans.

At about 12.30 pm large parties of Germans counter attacked by forming north east of the village and passing around under cover to the south east and attacking the quarries. During that attack heavy pressure was brought to bear on the 6th Battalion and they were forced to retire to a railway cutting east of Ramicourt.

Just before the Battalion were due to withdraw from Montbrehain to the reserve area, Lieutentant Percy Alexander Tompkinson, a teacher from Longton near Stoke-on-Trent, was killed. There is no record of how he died, but his body was later buried in the small cemetary that had been started next to the crucifix near the village cemetary.

Percy Tompkinson (A.23) is buried next to 2/Lt William David Baldie (A.22), a 28 year old farmer from Boolara in Western Victoria, who’s service record provides the only known description of the trench burials at Calvaire.

“….. a cross was made from Fritz Ammuniation Boxes, with his name inscribed on it and placed were he was buried.”