On this day 21st May 1917

21.5.1917 PETIT SAINS: Draft of 21 other ranks arrived as reinforcements.

This was the 33rd Reinforcement

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

May 21-24 Rest: No change. Time devoted to close order Ceremonial and Attack drill. Two Battalions employed on wiring the “CRASSIER SWITCH” Line and on working for 137 Bde.

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

1729/240235 Pte Thomas Beswick and the 33rd Reinforcement1729 Bestwick1769 beswick sig33 Reinforcement 1729 Beswick

Service Record for 1729/240235 Pte Thomas Beswick recording his arrival in France with the 33rd Reinforcement, which had embarked from Folkestone on the 6th April 1917. Tom was a quarryman from Peak Dale who worked at the Buxton Lime Firm. He was a Pre-War Territorial who enlisted in September 1914 aged 18 and served with “B” (Chapel-en-le-Frith) Company. Tom arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915 and returned to England in  October 1916 suffering from sycosis. Tom was finally disembodied on the 24th February 1919.

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