On this day 4th August 1917

No record in the 1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

3/4 Aug: Heavy artillery and trench mortar barrage put down on our posts in the right sub sector during the night.

4/5 Aug: 8th Sherwood Foresters carried out a raid on enemy trenches in G5C.

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

241346 Pte Jim Ramskill and 241239 Pte Richard Walters died on this day


Although there is no record in the 1/6th Battalion War Diary two men of the Battalion were killed in action on this day in 1917.

4075/241346 Pte Jim Ramskill aged 36 and husband of Margaret Ramskill of 22 Aucklands Place off Beetwell St. in Chesterfield. Jim was an original rifle volunteer (Time Expired) who enlisted in September 1914 and was posted to the 11th (Service) Battalion Sherwood Foresters. He was discharged in February 1915 as medically unfit, but re-enlisted into the 3/6th Battalion in March 1915 and arrived in France in 1916. He served as a signaller with “A” Company and had previously been wounded on the 3rd June.4075 Ramskill

3829/241239 Pte Richard Walters enlisted in February 1915 and arrived in France in 1916 and was wounded on the 1st July 1916. His brother Walter, who served with the 1st Battalion, was also killed in action on the 21st July 1915. Richard Walters was the husband of Sarah Walters of 3 South Place off Barker Lane in Brampton Chesterfield. See here

Mazingarbe 1917Ramskill Walters

Jim Ramskill and Richard Walters are buried next to each other in Philosophe British Cemetery. They are amongst a number of North Midland Territorials who were killed in August 1917.

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