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New Years Honours 1918

1 Jan 1918 HONOURS & AWARDS: The following were included in the New Years Honours List:-

Military Cross Capt (A/Major) W SEATON

DCM 240029 Coy Sgt Major TW SLATER

Mentioned in Despatches

  • Captain (A/Lt Col) CB JOHNSON
  • Lt (A/Capt) BE JOHNSON
  • 240552 Sgt GP BAGSHAWjohnson-cb-and-eb

Cyril Benton and Evelyn Brownlow Johnson


2381/240552 Sergeant George Potter Bagshaw356 Slater

356/240029 Thomas William Slater (believed to be)

On this day 28th August 1917

28.8.1917: Major W SEATON assumed Temporary Command of the Battn during the absence on leave of Lt Col. CB JOHNSON.

28.8.1917: 2/Lt C RADFORD joined the Battn from England

Radford CG

Cyril George Radford

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

27th-29th: Quiet days. Extended Bde front northwards, taking over a portion of front from 5th Inf Bde.

30th-31st: Quiet days. Enemy snipers more active than usual, but caused no casualties.

Storrs Fox

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

48th Trench Duty 24th-30th July 1917

24.7.1917 DROUVIN: Battalion relieved 9th SUFFOLK REGIMENT in RIGHT SUBSECTION of the ST ELIE SECTOR (Map 36c NW3 G12c & d). QM Stores and Transport to LABOURSE.36 NW3 G12 1917

6th Sherwood Foresters will relieve 9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment in the Right Subsection on the night 24th/25th; Guides will be at PHILOSOPHE Cross Roads. CHAPEL ALLEY will be reserved for the use of this Battalion.

24.7.1917 DROUVIN: Major W SEATON proceeded on short leave.

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

June 24th: Relief the 71 Infantry Brigade in the St Elie Sector.

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

On this day 10th June 1917

10.6.1917 FOSSE 10: Lt Col CB JOHNSON proceeded to CO’s Conference at BOULOGNE. Major W SEATON assumed command of the Battalion.Johnson CB

Cyril Benton Johnson

Battalion received a wire of congratulation from 139th Bde on the digging of the advanced trench in RIAUMONT. The assaulting Battalion assembled in it without detection.

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

10 June: 139 Brigade relieved in the line by the 138 Brigade on the night of the 10/11th.

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

On this day 13th May 1917

13.5.1917 TRENCHES: Major W SEATON assumed temporary command of Battalion vice Lieut.-Col. CB Johnson on short leave to England.

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

Trenches May 13: On the night of the 13th the 5th Sherwood Foresters relived the 6th SF in the line and the 7th SF relieved the 8th SF in the line.

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


3931/241280 Pte James Wheat was killed in action. Son of Mrs Lucy Wheat of 14 Clarence Terrace, Clarence St. in Nottingham. He was previously wounded on 3.10.16 at Bellacourt. Maroc3455/241087 Pte Alfred Sawyer served with “D” Company and was wounded on 13.5.17 at Cite St Pierre

3639 Pte Samuel Brailsford served with “B” Company and was wounded on 14.5.17 at Cite St Pierre

On this day 23rd March 1917

23.3.1917 COURCELLES: Captain W SEATON and Captain CVHC BLACKWALL rejoined from Divisional Depot Battalion.

Battalion marched into billets at WARLOY-BAILLON.4440 Seaton

William Seaton

Blackwall CVHC

Charles Victor Henry Cheetham

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

23rd:  Moved to CONTAY Area.

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

On this day 15th October 1916

15.10.1916 BELLACOURT: Capt Seaton & Lieut Taylor rejoined from Third Army School.

15.10.1916 BELLACOURT: Lieut GKK Maughan to Third Army Infantry School.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

15th: Enemy fired on BRETENCOURT in the morning without doing much damage.

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

3900/241268 Pte Jacob Smith

A miner from Model Village near Cresswell returned to England on this day. Jacob enlisted in February 1915 and had previously served with the Clay Cross Company of the 2nd Derbyshire Volunteer Battalion (1900-1905).

After serving in Ireland with the 2/6th Battalion he arrived in France with the IV Reinforcement in October 1915. The is no record of why he returned to England on this day, but after serving with the 5th Reserve Battalion and Army Reserve he was discharged in October 1917 aged 37 and awarded the Silver War Badge due to sickness.

On this day 17th September 1916

17.9.1918 BAILLEUVAL: CAPT W SEATON & LIEUT J TAYLOR to 3rd Army School

Taylor JoshuaWar Diary [WO/95/2694]

Septr 17: Went to 3rd Army School at ———————. Cmae to a billet more like BRAINTREE. A splendid life. No responsibility, the comforts of an Officer with the duties and worries of as private.

[Lieutenant Josiah Taylor]


Blaireville quarry17th 1am: A patrol of the 7th Battalion located two German parties in front of BLAIRVILLE WOOD engaged them with a Lewis Gu & inflicted several casualties. 

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