Tag Archives: Captain Reginald Saxby

OTD 16th October 1915; 3/6th Battalion at Bolton Park near Grantham

Capt. R Saxby and Second-Lieut. A. H. Goodall, both of whom were wounded while serving with the 1 6 Battalion in Flanders, have joined the unit this week. The post of Regimental-Sergt.-Major has not yet been filled, and the duties are temporarily being carried out by Company-Sergt.-Major J. Platts.”

Captain Reginald Saxby taken in 1909
2/Lt Alec Harrison Goodall
280 Company-Sergt.-Major John Platts taken in 1914

On this day 3rd December 1916

3.2.1916 SUS ST LEGER: Lt Col E Hall proceeded to Commanding Officers Conference at 3rd Army School at Auxi-Le-Chateau.

CAPT CB JOHNSON assumed Command of Battalion.Johnson CB

MAJOR R SAXBY appointed TOWN MAJOR of SUS ST LEGER (Pas-De-Calais).Saxby 1909

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

On this day 12th October 1916

Saxby 1909-1512.10.1916 LONDON GAZETTE: CAPT R SAXBY to be Temporary Major d/- 5.9.1916.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

12th: A few more 77mm fired on to own left sector support line during the morning. Lancaster Sap and the front line shelled by a heavy trench mortar & field gun in the afternoon.

A Brigade Assault Competition held at BASSEUX in the afternoon. See here Pages from WO-95-2692-6

A combined bombardment of the enemy’s front line & Communication trenches carried out by 18 Pdrs and stokes mortars from times during the night.

Enemy appeared to be ——- and opened a prompt & fairly heavy fire from trench mortars.

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

On this day 18th September 1916

18.9.1916 BAILLEULVAL: CAPT R SAXBY took over Command of the Battalion during the absence of LIEUT COLONEL G.D. GOODMAN C.M.G. on short leave.Saxby 1909-15

Captain Reginald Saxby

18.9.1916: 2/Lt WB DAVIES died in Hospital.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

Septr 18: Opening address by Commandant. Lecture on discipline by Major Fuller GSO2.

[Lieutenant Josiah Taylor]

18th: Enemy fired a few Trench Mortars bombs into into our left sector. A very wet day.

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

William Bryan Davies

2/Lt William Bryan Davies died in Hospital on 17th September; he had only joined the Battalion two months earlier on the 18th August. Although there is no mention in the War Diary or Battalion History as to why he was in Hospital, the 1/6th Officer’s Role sadly states “suicide”.


Davies WB granveWilliam was 35 years old and the son of Thomas and Mary Davies of Welshpool in Montgomeryshire. He is now buried in AVESNES-LE-COMTE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, which was near the VI Corps Headquarters and the site of several Casualty Clearing Stations. There is no medal index card for William, suggesting that his medals were not claimed by his grieving parents.

William was Idwal Davies' older brother.

On this day 9th July 1916

9/10.7.1916 BAILLEULMONT: Battn carried Gas accessories to trenches of 137th Inf Bde.

saxby wheatcroft9.7.1916 BAILLEULMONT: Capts R Saxby (left) & CJ Wheatcroft (right) to Third Army School.

Johnson EBCapt EB Johnson (above) to Command “C” Company vice Capt Saxby.

4440 SeatonCapt W Seaton (above) attached to 7th Battn Sherwood Foresters.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

9th: Large parties from the 6th & 8th Battns again carrying tonight gas cylinders from BERLES Dump to the trenches.

Bde Major visited trenches of 166th Infantry Brigade at BELLACOURT.

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

On this day 30th May 1916

30.5.1916 FONQUEVILLERS: 150 men under CAPTS R SAXBY & J TOLSON dug advanced trench 250 yards linking up with 37th Divn on left. 50 men under CAPT EB JOHNSON wired.

30.5.1916 LONDON GAZETTE: The following is an extract from the London Gazette d/- 30th May 16.

  • Major (Temp Lt Col) G.D. GOODMAN to be Lieut. Col.
  • Captain (Temp Major) A.J. HOPKINS to be Major (May 22nd)
  • Lieutenant (Temp Capt) B. DARBYSHIRE to be Captain (Oct 16th)
  • Lieutenant (Temp Capt) C.B. JOHNSON to be Captain (May 22nd)
  • 2/Lieutenant (Temp Capt) J. TOLSON to be Lieutenant (Temp Capt Oct 16th)
  • 2/Lieutenant (Temp Capt) H.H. JACKSON to be Lieutenant (Temp Capt May 22nd)Officer 30 May 1916

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

30th: 6th Battn Sherwood Foresters joined up advanced trench from right of 36th Division up to a sap North of NORTH FORTIN – distance of some 250 yards.

The trench was also wired – the Battalion received a complimentary telegram from G.O.C. Division for their work.30 May 1916 Telegram

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