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On this day 5th August 1917

5.8.1917: 2/Lt VH ARMITAGE MC awarded the Belgian Decoration “Chevalier de L’Ordre de la Boutonne”Armitage

Vernon Hay Armitage

C in C’s list No 145

To be Captain: Lieut CJ Wheatcroft

To be A/Capt: Lieut J Tolson and HH Jackson

To be Lieut: 2/Lt DS Foxwheatcroft tolson jackson fox

Cyril John Wheatcroft, Joseph Tolson, Humphry Henry Jackson and Donald Storrs-Fox

5.8.1917 St Elie Sector: Battn relieved 5th Battn in RIGHT SUBSECTION.Hulluch

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

4/5 August: 8th Sherwood Foresters carried out a raid on Enemy trenches in G5C.G5C 1917Raid August 1917

3014/305888 L/Cpl Herbert Taylor was missing presumed killed during the raid

5th Aug: Philosophe heavily shelled during the evening (over 350 shells fell)

Amongst the 1/5th Battalion men killed were:-

  • 5533/202268 Pte William Pawsley and son of Mrs MA Pawsey of 5 Sea View, Lower Halstow in Kent.203448 Shaw
  • 203448 Pte Albert Shaw from Worskop who died of wounds in the 1st Casualty Clearing Station.
  • Lieut Loris Stiles Spargo aged 25 and son of Nicholas and Ellen Spargo of Tregolls in Truro, Cornwall.

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

On this day 18th May 1917

18.5.1917 Trenches: The following awards made to Officers and NCO for gallantry on 23rd April Fosse 3 De Lievin.

Military Cross 2/Lt Vernon Hay ArmitageArmitage MC

Bar to Military Cross Captain Victor Owen RobinsonRobinson 1917

DCM 240513 Sergeant Frank Longson

Longson DCM June 1917

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

Many awards were given to our Division for the brilliant work in the last big attack and for my part in the affair I was awarded the D.C.M. That in itself was great, but was more interesting when I was to leave the Battalion and proceed to England to an Officer Cadet Battalion. The last time I left the trenches was a very trying experience. I was sure the Germans were trying to prevent me getting out in one piece, perspiration rolled down by body and face, but I made it and with a sigh of relief I reached the rear area which was considered fairly safe from enemy shelling. A couple of week’s leave at home and then the usual week at the Officer Cadet Battalion. Soon after being commissioned I was posted to the Royal Flying Corps and was serving in that Corps when the Armistice was signed.

[2305 Pte Frank Longson]

To be completed

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

On this day 23rd April 1917

23.4.1917 LIEVIN: The Battalion attacked FOSSE 3 De LIEVIN see report attached.

See here for full account of the action.Fosse 3 arial

Casualties in this action:-

OfficersBrown CA

Cecil Arthur Brown (1893-1917)

  • Wounded & missing Lt Cecil Arthur Brown
  • Wounded Capt Evelyn Brownlow Johnson, 2/Lts Vernon Hay Armitage, Bertram Noel Parker, Walter Archer, Kenneth Hills Bond (at duty)

Other Ranks

  • Killed 21.
  • Wounded 71 with 5 at duty. The names of 40 wounded man are known.
  • Missing 3.

23.4.1917 LIEVIN: The Battalion by 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and marched into billets at MARQUEFFLES FERME (Divisional Reserve).

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

To be completed

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

On this day 18th July 1916

18.7.1916 BELLACOURT: Officers joined from England:-

  • Captain ES WOOD
  • 2/Lt R EVANS
  • 2/Lt WB DAVIES
  • 2/Lt AP STONER

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

18th: The enemy trench mortared trenches 145 & 144 today doing considerable damage & cutting the wire. The enemies back lines & villages were bombarded this evening. They threw very little back however.

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