5.8.1915 Sanctuary Wood: Took over A8-12 & B1, B2 from the 5th Battalion. Order of Companies A B C D. Relieved in Maple Copse by 2nd Battalion.
Two men killed during the relief were:-
1776 Pte. John Barber a calico printer from New Mills who killed in action.
2838 Pte. George Birks a miner from Chesterfield who suffered a shrapnel wound and died later that evening at the 28th Casualty Clearing Station.
The wounded men included:-
|Pte||Henry Hodgkinson||5.8.15||GS wound in the mouth and admitted to 10 CCS and 23 General Hospital. Transferred to England on 17.8.15. Returned to France on 18.3.16 with the 7th Reinforcement.|
|18||Cpl||William Else||5.8.15||Wounded in the field.|
Shell wound in the forehead and admitted to 10 CCS and 22 General Hospital. Transferred to 46 NMD Convalescent Depot and returned to Battalion on 6.10.15.
|2174||Pte||John Oxspring||5.8.15||Wounded in the field.|
Shell wound in the face and admitted to 10 CCS and 22 General Hospital. Transferred to CC and 46 NDM Base Depot. Re-joined unit 7.10.15.
Found my Grand Uncle here John Oxspring, wish I knew more also wish I had more photos but at least he survived the war