24.1.1917: Lieut G Glossop struck off strength being sick in England.
1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]
24th-25th: Situation normal.
139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]
1/8th Battalion suffered three fatal casualties on this day
The three men are buried next to each other in Plot 1, Row F
4018 Pte Reginald Knee the only son of Rose Knee of 35 Cross St. in Newark. Reginald was an apprentice turner and enlisted in the 3/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Newark in May 1915 aged 19. Following training he arrived in France on the 16th July 1916 with the 14th Reinforcement.
4538 Pte John Harry Spence son of William and Myra Spence of Mount Sorrel in Loughborough.
Private J. Spence (21), of the Sherwood Foresters, was killed by a trench mortar shell on Jan. 23. His parents live at Granite Corner, Mountsorrel. Letters have been received from the deceased’s officer and the regimental chaplain, the latter speaking of him as being a very fine man, upright and honest, and a hard working soldier, adding that he died a noble death. Before his enlistment Spence was employed at the Campion Cycle Works, at Loughborough.
[The Leicester Mercury, Friday February 2nd 1917]
4368 Pte John Vellam Stafford son of William and the late Sarah Stafford of the Green, Radcliffe-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire. For more info ration please see here.