Tag Archives: QUARRIES

On this day 26th November 1917

No record in the 1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

26/XI/1917: Hostile Artillery active during the day on right subsection. Captain SIMONET 8th Sherwood Foresters patrolled hostile front line during the night and proceeded for some distance up a CT without encountering any enemy.

Another patrol in G5d was fired at from the enemy’s front line. Hostile front line in G11b and G12a patrolled by Capt ANDREWS 8th Sherwood Foresters. Quarries were found unoccupied.


Harold Keith Simonet MC see here

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

On this day 25th November 1917

No record in the 1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

One of our patrols under 2/Lt HARTLE 8th Sherwood Foresters entered enemy front line during the night N of QUARRIES in G12a. Tench was found unoccupied.

hartlealias001Elias William Hartle from Crich Parish WW1

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

On this day 3rd April 1916

3.4.1916 TRENCHES: Bn relieved by 5th Bn Sherwood Foresters & moved into Huts & Billets at ACQ.

Casualties during tour:-

Killed – 2 Other Ranks

  • 2448 Pte Hilary Carlin
  • 3548 Pte Albert Housley3548 Housley copy

Wounded2/Lt F.W.A. STUBBS and 2/Lt J.E. Barker – slightly at Duty. 4 Other Ranks.

  • 2608 Pte Leonard Pott 
  • 2368 Pte Fred Nichols
  • 3294 Pte Fred Webster
  • 217 Sergt. Frederick Arthur Johnson
  • 1637 Pte Thomas Wheatcroft

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

Quite day – A German aeroplane was brought down in our lines near the QUARRIES – both Germans were killed.1916 German Plane Crash

The 5th Battalion relieved the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in the LEFT SECTOR Trenches, the latter going into Divisional Reserve in ACQ.

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

On this day 21st March 1916

No record in the War Diary [WO/95/2694]

21st: The work on the trench line is progressing satisfactorily though we are hung up somewhat for want of material or rather for want of system in bringing this up to the tunnel line.

The material goes up by Railway, but owing to the complete lack of organisation or system the material does not arrive at DIVISIONAL DUMP, BRAY till 6-7 pm and by that time the 1st train for the trenches has started with the rations. The result is the material does not arrive up at the trenches till about 11 or 12 midnight when half the working night has gone.

Moreover, the OC Corps Railway refuses to split up the train so that all the material for night goes to one sector, while the others starved – Very hard to push on with the work in the tunnels at this rate of things.

The water system is working will. This goes up in barrels by the Railway. We have water stations in the ROUTE DE BETHUNE and at the QUARRIES near TALUS DES ZOUVRES. A new water station is being prepared at the southern end of the QUARRIES to serve the right sector trenches.

The weather is improving and the ground beginning to dry up. A system of working parties has been arranged by which Battalions at rest furnish 2 Companies for work on their sector of the trench line on the 3rd & 4th night of their rest.

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

Talus Des Zouvres

Talus des Zouaves was a valley that was deep and narrow enough to afford protection from shell fire, even though it was within 500 yards of the front line. From the Talus a main communication trench, the Boyau Vincent, lead to the support line and Battalion Headquarters.