28.12.1916 SOUASTRE: Capt CVHC BLACKWALL to 2nd in Command Divisional School. Lieut BE JOHNSON rejoined from leave.
Charles Henry Cheetham Blackwall
War Diary [WO/95/2694]
After an intense bombardment commencing 3 am the enemy attempted a raid in strength on our centre and left sectors. A few Germans entered our trenches in two places but were immediately ejected.
2/Lt J Barnes was seriously wounded by a bomb thrown by a German on our parapet whom he was firing at with his revolver, he died in the evening in the 1st North Midland Field Ambulance.
Our casualties were 2 killed, 4 wounded and 2 missing. Our trenches were badly damaged by the heavy bombardment.
1/7th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]
28th 3am: Enemy artillery & trench mortars opened a very heavy bombardment of our line, particularly on the Communication Trenches & Support line on the left Sub-Sector. After about forty five minutes intense bombardment a party of the enemy estimated at 40 strong commenced to enter our trenches. between Leicester Lane & the Gommecourt Road.
They were apparently held of by the wire and retired on being fired on by Lewis Guns. One or more of the enemy entered entered our front line at the top of Lincoln Lane but were immediately driven out.
A patrol of 3 men also entered our left Companies trench but retired almost immediately.
The casualties were:-
- 1 Officer & two other ranks killed (2/Lieutenant James Valetine Barnes, 5195 Pte Edward Leonard Ledger, 1549 Corporal Fred Smedley)
- 4 other ranks wounded
- 2 other ranks missing
139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]