Attack on Passchendale Ridge: September 1917

Vlamertinghe 24.9.17 6pm: Battn marched to trenches. Fighting Strength 21 Officers and 609 Other Ranks. A training nucleus of 5 Officers and 108 Other Ranks were left behind at the 2 M Stores.

10pm: Relieved 2/5th South Staffs in front line running from GRAVENSTAFEL ROAD (D13.d.80.85) to DOWNING TRENCH (D.14.d.35.40).

25.09.17 6pm to 6.30pm: Artillery practiced barrage for operations on the 26th. Battn heavily shelled. 2 OR wounded. Taped kicking off positions.

29.9.17 5.50am: After heavy artillery barrage Battn left its kicking off positions with 2/7th SF on the left and the 177 Bde on the right. The objective which was from D.14.d.3.6. inclusive to GRAFENSTALL ROAD (exclusive) was reached about 7.30am. A number of prisoners were taken. The enemy chilled our positions during the day.

With the aid of two tanks the 2/6th Battalion were able to capture Kansas Cross and Fokker Farm.

27.9.17 8pm: Shelled heavily during the day. Relieved the 2/5th Bn SF in the front line, who had held the 2nd objective.

29.9.17 9pm: Battalion received by the Anzacs and took up position in the old British front line in the rear of WIELTJE.

27 September 1917 casualties

Total Casualties 11 Officers and 220 Other Ranks

27th September 1917 Casualties

The killed, missing and wounded203142 Sharp missing

Amongst the men ‘missing presumed killed’ was 203142 Pte Cornelius Sharp a 27 year old lacemaker from Radford in Nottinghamshire. Cornelius had attested into the Sherwood Foresters in December 1915 and was mobilised in November 1916 when he was posted to the 5th Reserve Battalion. He proceeded overseas on the 19th July 1917 and was posted to the 2/6th Battalion a month later. He has no known grave.

Captain Francis Dawbarn Stones

Captain & Adjt William Hunstone Brierley

Henry Latham Kerridge

2505/240611 Pte Thomas Henry Mainwaring from Ashbourne

240611 TH Mainwaring Grave
240611 Mainwaring
240611 TH Mainwaring

Thomas was another soldier whose body was discovered after the War and he was reburied in New Irish Farm British Cemetery. Interestingly his body was fond with seven other Sherwood Foresters whose remains could not be identified at the time.

The reburials

2737 Cook

2893/240787 Sergeant Oscar Hubbuck from Brampton

Frost and Keeton both from the 2/5th Battalion were