Category Archives: Trench duty

3406/241056 Pte Richard Clewlow

A collier from Danesmore who arrived in France in 1916 and served until the end of the Great War. Here he is wearing the 1914 Pattern equipment.

These items were sold on eBay – I didn’t win the auction – but I think that his story needs to be told.

Diary page, which appears to be written on May 22nd 1916, which is consistent with the 8th – 10th Reinforcements.
July 1st 1917

Made an attack on Cite St Edwards [sic] at 2.45 AM. Got into German trenches held it until 8.0 AM but had to retire on account of being run out of bombs + ammunition. I was out numbered by the Germans. Come into support for D Coy Cite St Laurence [sic].

See here, here and here

August 8th 1917

2nd Lt Evans killed at 4pm – see here.

Richard Evans
September 21st and 22nd 1917

Relieved West Yorks in support on Hill 70. CO Col C B Benson killed – see here.

Moved into front line + relieved the Durham Light Infantry – see here.

Cyril Benton Johnson
October 4th 1917

One hours P drill. Relieved 5th S.F. in support in Hurdle Trench shelled all the way coming in from Loos – see here.

November 4th 1917

Raid. Missing. Sgt Salt M, L/C Brailsford WH, L/C Simpson, Pte Metcalfe C, Pte Ormerod, Pte Richardson.

See here and here.

September 27th – 29th 1918

Came up from Brigade Reserve ready for the attack.

In reserve.

Made an attack taken the village of Magny 5,000 prisoners 9 field guns we had tanks in action 32nd Division through us and advanced a way forward – see here.

73rd Trench Duty: 25th July – 2nd August 1918

25.7.18 TRENCHES: Battalion relieved 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in the LEFT SUBSECTOR of the ESSARS SECTOR.

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


24.7.18: Enemy displayed increased activity. During the early morning a barrage was placed upon our front and support lines in left subsection and several hostile parties were seen: one of which attempted to approach our post at X.15.a.60.05. This was repulsed by Lewis Gun and Rifle Fire. Five patrols were out, two of which were by day.

It’s possible that 18833 Pte Robert William Hunt was killed at this time, but his body was not recovered and he is Commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

25.7.18: Quite day. Further information re attempted raid yesterday morning shows that about 30 of the enemy were seen by our reconnoitring patrol in front of Left Company. Two patrols were out by day and three by night. One encountered the enemy. 6th Sherwood Foresters relieved 5th Sherwood Foresters in Left subsection.

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

72nd Trench Duty: 5th-15th July 1918

5/7/18: Battalion relieved 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in the LEFT subsection of the ESSARS SECTOR.

Major WG HUTCHENCE 1st Battn DLI cross posted from 1/6th South Staffordshire Regiment and joined Battalion.

William Gorden Hutchence

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

71st Trench Duty: 23rd – 27th June 1918

23.6.18: Battalion relieved 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment in RIGHT subsection of GORRE SECTOR

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


23.6.18: Relieved 138th Brigade in GORRE SECTION night of 23/24 June.

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


305096 Pte William Tudbury died of wounds aged 23. Son of William and Mary Jane Tudbury of 23 Orchard St., Hucknall in  Nottingham.

A Pre-War Territorial who arrived in France in June 1915 and only served with the 1/8th Battalion.

70th Trench Duty – 15th – 19th June 1918 “Our left subsection received a good deal of retaliation”

15/6/18 ESSARS: Battalion relieved 8th Sherwood Foresters in the LEFT sub sector of ESSARS Sector.

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


15.6.18: The 3rd Division on our left advanced their line West of LOCON under an artillery barrage. Our left subsection received a good deal of retaliation. Otherwise a quite day. Two patrols were out during the night.

200944 Pte William Henry Baldwin killed in action aged 21. Son of Robert and Harriet Baldwin of Long Eaton in Nottingham. Previously served with the 2/5th and 2/6th Battalions. Most likely arrived in France with the 59th Division in spring 1917.

93785 Pte William Buckley killed in action aged just 19. Son of Abraham and Elizabeth Buckley of 23 Albert St., Silverdale in Staffordshire. Most likely mobilised in the summer of 1917 and only served overseas with the 1/8th Battalion.

93567 Pte George Reid Atkinson was mortally wounded aged 19. Son of TB and CJ Atkinson of 63, Hyde Park St., Gateshead. Most likely mobilised in the summer of 1917 and only served overseas with the 1/8th Battalion.

5095/306856 Pte Arthur Charles Lover was mortally wounded aged 24. Son of Walter and Louisa Lover of Croydon in Surrey. Enlisted March 1916 and most likely arrived in before the end of 1916. Only served overseas with the 1/8th Battalion. A resident of Mansfield.

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

68th Trench Duty – 16th – 20th May 1918

20.5.18 ESSARS: Battalion relieved the 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in the left sub sector of the ESSARS SECTOR.

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


16/5/18 ESSAR SECTION: Hostile artillery very active during afternoon and evening and night firing heavy bursts on different areas. Inter-Battalion reliefs during the night.

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

 

67th Trench Duty 6th-10th May 1918

6.5.18 LE QUESNOY: Battalion relieved the 1/5th Sherwood Foresters in the left subsection of the GORRE SECTION.

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


6/5/18: Quite day. Considerable movement of horse transport was seen on ESTAIRES-LA-BASSEE Road. Many civilian carts were also seen on this road.

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