On these nights 29th to 31st May 1917

Nights of 29th-31st Trenches: Attempted raids by enemy on “A” Company (RIGHT COY) successfully repulsed.

Sergeants RAVEY and BOAM especially distinguished themselves.Ravey

240076 Sergeant John George Ravey

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

PoppyCasualties during the German raids

2108 Tom Depledge2108/240418 L/Cpl Tom Depledge aged 26 and a collier from Fernilee. A pre-War Territorial and  the son of John and Mary Depledge of Horwich End, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire.

7703/242494 Pte John Harris aged 23 and son of John Edward and Eliza Mary Harris of Whit wick in Leicestershire.

2195/240461 Pte Bernard Taylor aged 22 and the son of Thomas and Betsy Alice Taylor of 6 Wimbourne Rd., Radford in Nottingham.

4943/241818 Pte Thomas Herbert Beastall aged 25 and son of John and Emma Ann Beastall of 14 Chapel St., Ripley in Derbyshire.

2766/240721 Pte Jasper Parks a coal miner from Chesterfield.


A ‘Derbyshire Territorial Row’

Many of the 1/6th Battalion men killed between May and July 1917 are buried in FOSSE NO.10 COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SAINS-EN-GOHELLE and there are several ‘Sherwood Rows’.

Fosse 10 cemetery


Fosse 10 C 1-3fosse 49-50

The Wounded

1687/240215 Pte Willie Coleman a miner from Barlborough and a pre-War Territorial who served with F Company and signed the Imperial Service Agreement at Eckington in May 1912. First wounded in June 1915 he returned to France with the 6th Reinforcement in March 1916 he suffered from shell shock on the 30th May 1917 and later returned to his unit. Disembodied on Demobilisation in February 1919.

3779/241218 Pte Harold Dolby from Brimington enlisted into 2/6th Battalion in February 1915 and wounded with A Company. During a brief period of home leave in late 1916 Harold married his girlfriend Ethel. Died of wounds on the 12th March 1918.

3819/241233 Pte Francis William Hobbs enlisted into 2/6th Battalion in February 1915 and served with A Company 1/6th Battn. MM, LG 9.7.17 (for Gallantry on 23rd April 1917 at Fosse 3 De Lievin) and Bar LG 18.10.17 (for action on 18th August 1917)

4113/241360 Pte Albert Evans enlisted into 3/6th Battalion in March 1915 and  served with “A” Company. MM, LG 18.6.17 (for Gallantry on 23rd April 1917 at Fosse 3 De Lievin); Died of natural causes (accident in a Coal Mine when he was crushed in a fall) on 10.3.39 aged 55.

4287/241434 Pte Herbert Boam enlisted into 3/6th Battalion in May 1915 and served with “A” Company.

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