On this day 26th April 1918 – 1/5th and 1/6th Battalion casualties

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203433 L/Cpl Albert Pinkney from Worksop. See here.

“It is with great regret that I have to inform you that a serious accident happened this afternoon to your son. He was asleep with Pte. R Watson, a friend of his in a shelter in our trench, when a shell exploded close to them, and they must have died at once, without knowing anything about it. It has been a great loss, not only to the Platoon, but to the entire company, and to every one of us, it was a terrible grief when what had happened. I went up at once to find out if anyone had been seriously hurt, as I saw the shell come, and then the stretcher bearers. I saw it was fatal when I got there.”

[Worksop Guardian 10 May 1918]

Note: The misspelling in the paper, which should refer to Pte Robert Walton

3773/201160 Pte Robert Walton aged 20. Son of Mr CE and Mrs SH Walton of 19 Vale St., Derby. A waggon builders boy he enlisted in November 1913 aged 15. 

93885 Pte James Holroyd Oates Eastwood from Halifax. Posted to the Sherwood Foresters (2/5th Battalion?) approx July 1917 before transferring to the 1/6th Battalion in France (approx February 1918).

3769/266176 Pte Arthur Cyril Walters aged 21Son of Richard and Charlotte Walters, of Cemetery Lodge, Wilford Hill, late of New Lenton, Nottingham. Enlisted and served in 1st/7th Notts and Derby (Robin Hoods) from Feb 1915 until Feb 1918. See here.

242624 Pte Nelson Richard Woolven aged 25. Son of George and Sarah Ann Woolven from Horsham. Likely joined the 1/6th Battalion as part of the 26th Reinforcement in December 1916.

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