“At an hour and date to be notified later the 46th Division, as part of a major operation, will cross the ST. Quentin Canal, capturing the Hindenburg line”
Portion of the Hindenburg Line, South-west of Bullecourt -air photograph. Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 27520).
Crossing the Canal 29th September 1918
Order of Battle:
- Lieutenant-Colonel B. W. Vann, M.C., Commanding.
- Major J. A. Shedden, D.S.O., M.C., 2nd-in-Command.
- Captain E. F. Winser, M.C., Acting 2nd-in-Command.
- Captain E. Kershaw, M.C., Adjutant.
- Captain W. T. Stephens, Signal Officer.
- 2nd Lieutenant A. Mackintosh, M.C., Scout Officer.
- 2nd Lieutenant R. E. H. Stott.
- Captain S. B. Boulton, Quartermaster.
- Lieutenant H. D. Vaughan, Transport Officer.
- Major A. W. Shea, D.S.O., Medical Officer.
- Lieutenant J. N. Wrightman, M.C.
- Captain H. S. Pink, M.C.
- Lieutenant (Acting Captain) J. F. Dennis, M.C.
- Captain F. W. Hipkins, M.C.
- 2nd Lieutenant C. B. Newell, M.C.
- 2nd Lieutenant F. Touch, M.C., D.C.M.
- 2nd Lieutenant H.A. Payne.
- 2nd Lieutenant R.A. Frith, M.C.
- 2nd Lieutenant C.E. Wardle.
- 2nd Lieutenant W. Bavin.
- 2nd Lieutenant P.A. Tompkinson.
- 2nd Lieutenant A.J. Tyrell.
- 2nd Lieutenant A. Jephson.
- 2nd Lieutenant C. Bimrose, M.C.
- 2nd Lieutenant W. Meakin.
- 2nd Lieutenant E. Scarrott.
The morning was very misty, the Canal Valley, the village of Bellenglise and the open hilly country beyond being hidden from sight.
At zero minus 30 the battalion was in its assembly position; “A” (Lt. John Neville Wightman) & “B” (Captain Herbert Selwyn Pink) Companies were in front and “C” (Captain JF Dennis) & “D” (Captain Frederick Wystan Hipkins) Companies were 250 yards to the rear.
Shortly before zero the Germans began to shell the positions held by the 6th Battalion and No. 5 Platoon of “B” Company received a direct hit from a gas shell that burst amongst the Lewis Gun Section killing the corporal in charge and three other men:-
- 1462/240127 L/Cpl. James Ford
- 91730 Pte. Joseph Grimes,
- 7657/242453 Pte. Harry Gill
- 3963/71661 Pte. Robert Todd
It was later discovered that Lieutenant William Bavin was also missing and had been killed and buried by the same shell burst on Ascension Spur.
Only the body of Robert Todd from Derby was later recovered and reburied after the War.
At 9.30 a.m. the order was received for the Battalion to move up to the positions vacated by the 8th Battalion. The Battalion were required to follow up closely keeping in touch with the 8th Battalion. The Companies had already begun to move forward but there was a very thick fog and it was impossible to keep any communication. However, all Companies got to the second assembly position and were ordered to push on over Canal. The Canal was crossed between 11.00 and 11.15 a.m.
A view across the battle-scarred landscape around the St Quentin canal. The canal has two small temporary bridges across it, one of which has collapsed in the middle. There is a canal path on the far bank of the canal and the ground rises up on both sides of the canal. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1998).
139th Brigade War Diary [WO95/2693]
“B” Company on the left flank crossed by a broken wooden bridge, whilst the reminder of the Battalion crssed over the main bridge to the north of Bellenglise.
The King with General Rawlinson and party on the temporary bridge over the St. Quentin Canal at Bellenglise studying the crossing of the Canal by the 46th Division on 29th September 1918. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 9746).
The two Companies on the right flank (“A” and “C”) found the 8th Sherwood Foresters around the BROWN LINE and advanced with them helping to take the YELLOW LINE; clearing out dugouts on the way.
In the centre and on the left flank the machine gun fire was very heavy, particularly on the forward slopes of the hills. Most of the fire was coming from South of the CANAL at about 800 yards range and one battery of field guns was firing at point blank range. Since no other troops were in front of the Battalion and no tanks had appeared a smoke screen was put across the ridge South of the CANAL.
The advance of “B” and “D” Companies began to falter, but seeing this Colonel Vann rushed over to the left of the front line and led the attack forward. The two Companies charged forward and took the position with the bayonet.
The right Companies managed to work forward along CANAL meeting with fairly strong MG fire but as soon as the left Companies rushed over crest of hill G.35.D. with few casualties considering the MG fire and the Germans surrendered in large parties.
One gun team kept firing at the tanks that came up about 500 yards behind. This team was shot down and two wounded prisoners taken. The field guns from South of CANAL and the Battery at M in ELBE ALLEY had by about 1.0 p.m. knocked out 5 tanks.
The YELLOW LINE was taken by about 1.15 p.m. and then the DOTTED BLUE LINE.
The enemy made one or two feeble attempts to counter attack from the right flank South of CANAL and twice were driven off by Lewis Gun fire. The third time an Officer on horse back was trying to rally his men who rushed up the hill, but the Lewis Guns killed him and his horse.
The left Company and two platoons of the right Company pushed on to LIHAUCOURT and established three posts in the village by 1.30 p.m.. Working around to the left the Battalion encountered the 5th Battalion who had come up on the left.
Colonel Vann withdrew his left Company, but left two platoons to hand over the EASTERN and South East side of the village to the Companies of the 5th Battalion who came up some time later.
2nd Lt. Charles Bimrose 1/6th Bn. Notts & Derby R., T.F. was awarded the Military Cross for marked gallantry and skillful leadership in the attack through Bellinglise and Lehaucourt on September 29th 1918. Finding both flanks held up by machine-gun fire, he took his platoon to the left and cleared out two machine-guns and their teams. Later, he pushed on into Lehaucourt and did excellent work in clearing up hostile posts and eventually reached his objective on the east side of the village. By his dash and determined leadership he linked up the actions of the battalions working on the right and left of the village.”
The 6th Battalion had a few casualties in LIHAUCOURT but took many prisoners and 2 guns.
British Mark IV Tank captured and used by the Germans and recaptured by the Sherwood Foresters, in the Battle of St. Quentin Canal, 29 September 1918. Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 9744).
The casualties suffered during the attack included 2 Officers and 5 other ranks killed; 8 men missing and 2 Officers and 42 men wounded.
- 2nd Lieutenant William Bavin from Nottingham and Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL to the missing.
- 2nd Lieutenant Harry Arthur Paine aged 21 and from East Croydon and buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery.
- L/Cpl 1462/240127 James Ford aged 25 and a clerk from Chapel-en-le-Frith. A pre-War Territorial who arrived in France in February 1915 and had been wounded 3 times previously. Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL to the missing.
- Pte. 7657/242453 Harry Gill aged 25 and from Ripley. He had formerly served with the Derbyshire Yeomanry and is Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL to the missing.
- Pte. 330854 Charles Frederick Barker aged 21 and from Long Eaton. Served with the 21st Battalion and transferred from the 1/7th Battalion. Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL to the missing.
- Pte. 4996/266621 Harry Barrowcliff aged 38 and from Nottingham. Arrived in France in 1916 and previously served with the 1/7th Battalion. Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL to the missing.
- 91730 Pte Joseph Grimes aged 22 and from Ashbourne. A conscripted soldier. Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL to the missing.
- Cpl 3963/71661 Robert Todd aged 22 from Derby. Arrived in France with the 1/5th Battalion in November 1915 and also served with the 2nd Battalion. Buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery.
- L/Cpl. 4400/241496 Walter Lees from Polesworth in Warwickshire and buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery.
2nd Lt. W Meakin who returned to England on the 2nd October.
2nd Lt. Albert Mackintosh who was in charge of the Battalion Scouts and returned to England on the 2nd October.
42 other ranks including:-
- 267037 Pte. Harold Easom from Nottingham who died of his wounds in a Casualty Clearing Station aged 26 and is buried in BRIE BRITISH CEMETERY. Harold was the son of Frank Arthur Easom of 38 Wiverton Rd., Sherwood Rise in Nottingham. He is the only man of the 1/6th Battalion to be buried in Brie.
8 field guns
10 to 15 machine guns
1 tank gun
A German prisoner taken in the Battle of the St Quentin Canal at the Clearing Depot, Abbeville, 2 October 1918. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 9354).
The attack on Ramicourt and Montbrehain – 3rd October 1918
Battle of St. Quentin Canal. Wire in front of the Hindenburg Line. Near Bellicourt, 4 October 1918. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 9382).
By the afternoon of the 2nd October the 32nd Division had advanced as far as Joncourt but were held up by the defences of the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme Line.
On the morning of 3rd October the 139th Brigade were ordered to capture the villages of Ramicourt and Montbrehain with support from the 137th Brigade on the right and the 2nd Australion Division on the left. Nine tanks had also been alloted to this attack and were due to advance immediately behind the first wave. The 5th and 8th Battalions were alloted the red line, with ran from Neville Cross I.7.A. Central to I.13.A.0.0. The 6th Battalion were ordered to form up in the rear of the two attacking Battalions and follow.
Soon after 1 a.m. on the 3rd October the 6th Battalion moved forward from east of Bellenglise to its assembly position near to Joncourt. “D”, “C” and “A” Companies were in the front with “B” Company placed in support.
All Battalion were in place by 5.15 a.m. and the advance began in an ordered fashion. However, it was not long before the leading battalions lost direction and and passed through the northern and southern outskirts of Ramicourt; the 6th Battalion pushed through the village and cleared the remaining Germans.The entire advance met with strong opposition from the Germans who had machine guns positioned along the entire length of the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme Line and just behind in fortified emplacements. The Regimental Archive has recored that several men were wounded or killed at H.10.A.9.5. (close to Swiss Cottage) and H.10.D.2.4. It was during this attack that Colonel Vann was shot and killed by a sniper as he was leading his men in the assault.
Captain Frederick Wystan Hipkins was leading his Company on the right towards a sunken road when a German machine gun opened fire killing two of his men. The men answered with Lewis Gun fire and at once the Germans waved a white flag. As Hipkins and his men rushed forward further shots rang out from behind the white flag and he fell with three of his men by his side. Angered by this act of treachery the remaining men charged and bayonetted the machine gun crew.
Amongst the individual acts of bravery 2693/240692 Cpl. George Henry Kimberley from Clay Cross won the Distinguished Conduct Medal. George enlisted in October 1914 and arrived in France in June 1915 with the 1st Reserve. He was later discharged in February 1919.
The three battalions of the 139th Brigade moved forward and the 1/6th Battalion occupied the railway cutting as it crossed the Ramicourt to Montbrehain road approximately 200 yards from the village. The men moved cautiously towards Montebrahain using the sunken road and were ordered to pass through the village to the eastern outskirts and consolidate their positions there. The objective of the 8th Battalion on their left was the cross roads to the west of the village cemetary and from there two Companys would support the 5th Battalion in ‘mopping up’ the village of Montebrehain.
The 6th Battalion moved up the sunken road and towards the centre of Montebrahain. It was supported in this attack by the single remaining tank of the 5th Battalion Tank Corps which cleared out a nest of 16 machine guns that was holding the Battalion up. Unfortunately the tank itself was put out of action shortly afterwards.
Attack on the Hindenburg Line. Tanks and Troops going forward near Bellicourt on 29th September 1918. Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 9371).
Of the 20 tanks involved 19 were knocked out in the outskirts of Ramicourt itself The remaining tank carried on with the infantry and between Ramicourt and Montbrehain attacked a machine gun nest containing sixteen guns, killing all their crews but becoming disabled itself.
The Battalion reached as far as Montebrehain close to the blue dotted line. However, the Germans offered strong resistance around the cemetary on the north east edge of the Village. In particular there was a strong point of machine guns placed in a fortified house and adjoinging orchard at the cross roads on the western side of the cemetary. Following a series of isolated frontal attacks the village was finally rushed and cleared of Germans after an outflanking manouver by a Company of the 8th Battalion. In total 10 machine guns and 60 prisoners were captured.
At about 12.30 p.m. large parties of Germans counter attacked by forming north east of the village and passing around under cover to the south east and attacking the quarries. During that attack heavy pressure was brought to bear on the 6th Battalion and they were forced to retire to a railway cutting east of Ramicourt. The 8th Battalion conformed to this movement and also withdrew to the railway and sunken road north east of Ramicourt. The village of Montebrehain was subsequently re-occupied by the Germans.
British heavy artillery guns passing through Montbrehain, France. Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 70268).
During the attack on Ramicourt and Montbrehain the 1/6th Battalion suffered 35 Officers and men killed or missing in action and many more wounded.
These men are buried in several Cemeteries in the area around Bellinglise; some of the men are still interned in the ground that they were originally buried, whereas the bodies of other men were exhumed and moved to concentration cemeteries after the War.
The King pauses at the grave of three men of the Tank Corps during his visit to the Fourth Army battleground of St. Quentin Canal. Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 9737).
Ramicourt British Cemetery
Site of the 18th Field Ambulance
- 93817 Pte. William J Briston from Lincolnshire.
- 4671/242397 Pte. Thomas William Hudson.
- 242576 L/Cpl. Frank Wilfred Twinn.
- 103220 Pte. William Thomas Walker aged 19 and the Son of William and Beatrice Walker of 31 Peel St., Dresden, Longton in Stoke-on-Trent.
- 265215 Pte. Walter Arthur Wilkinson the only son of John William and Clara Wilkinson of 4a Moreland St., Meadow Lane in Nottingham. Transferred to the 1/6th Battalion in 1918.
- 3676/241167 Pte. Walter Frank Wright aged 23 and the son of William and Elizabeth Wright of 140 Highfields, North Wingfield in Chesterfield. Enlisted in January 1915 and arrived in France with V Reinforcement in November 1915.
Bellicourt British Cemetery
The Cemetery was made after the battle of St Quentin Canal when 73 men were buried in what is now Plot I, amongst whom are 4 men of the 1/5th Battalion who were killed in action on the 21st September. The Cemetery was then greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and smaller cemeteries, including BELLENGLISE BRITISH CEMETERY, where many men of the 46th Division had been buried. There are now over 160 men of the 46th North Midland Division buried at Bellicourt, included Special Memorials to 16 men known or believed to be buried amongst them. Full details here Bellicourt.
Letter written to Mrs Vann in January 1920 informing her that the Grave Registration Department had located the grave of her husband and had re-interred it in Bellicourt British Cemetery.
The site of Colonel Vann’s original burial was “located at a point just South West of Bellenglise”, whilst the Commonwealth War Graves Commission recored that Bellenglise British Cemetery was located “in a field across the canal”. It had been made by the IX Corps in November 1918 and almost all the 48 graves in it were those of men of the 46th Division.
Further confirmation that men of the 46th Division were buried close to the canal at Bellinglise comes in the form of a letter held within the service record of 2292 Pte. James Grice, which states “he [Grice] was then buried near the roadside near a canal”.
- Lieutenant Colonel Bernard William Vann aged 31 and the Son of Alfred George Collins Vann and Hannah Elizabeth Vann; husband of Doris Victoria Vann of Coates Rectory, Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
- Captain Frederick Wystan Hipkins aged 32 and the son of the late Rev. FC and the late Mrs Hipkins, formerly House Master at Repton School in Derby. Rector of Bamford-in-the-Peak; Husband of Marion Hipkins (nee Churchill) of 51 Abbey Roregate in Shrewsbury.
- Pte. 2344/265450 Frederick Samuel Allen aged 29 and the son of George and Harriett Allen of Clifton in Nottingham. A pre-War Territorial who arrived in France in February 1915. Later transferred to the 1/6th Battalion.
- Pte. 4591/241577 George Edward Andrews aged 23 and the son of George and Annie Andrews of 3 Buxton Terrace, Matlock Bank, Matlock, Derbyshire. Enlisted in November 1915 and arrived in France in 1916.
- Pte. 4691/241643 George Bennett and from Buxton. Attested in the Derby Scheme in January 1916. Arrived in France with 2/6th Battalion in 1917. Later transferred to 1/6th Battalion and killed at H.10.d.2.4.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Bimrose (WO 95/2694) aged 25 and Commemorated on a Special Memorial. He was the son of Daniel and Clara Bimrose of Leeds; husband of Olive Edna Bimrose of 43 Sycamore Rd., Handsworth in Birmingham.
- Pte. 2292/240507 James Francis Grice aged 33 and the son of James Grice of 1 Leyland Cottages, Buxton; husband of Frances Grice of 14 Market st., Buxton.
- Pte. 57880 Amos Lawrence Leon aged 33 and the son of W and E Leon of Saxmundham; husband of Mary Leon of Harby, Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. The Medal Roll only records that Amos served with the 15th Battalion.
- Pte. 1287/240096 George William Mycock aged 25 and the son of William and Jane Mycock of 4 Dale Rd. in Buxton. A joiner from Buxton George was a pre-War Territorial and arrived in France in August 1915 with the IIIrd Reinforcement. Killed in action at H.10.A.9.5.
- Pte. 94539 George Edward Buchan Reynolds aged 20 and the son of Albert Buchan Reynolds and Ada Reynolds of 37 Edinburgh St., Hessle Rd. in Hull. Killed at H10.d.2.4.
- Pte. 5158/269795 Zac Simpson aged 35 and the son of the late James Simpson of 5 King’s Rd., Old Fletton in Peterborough; husband of May Winifred Simpson of 61a Salford Rd., Streatham Hill in London. He was initially posted as missing.
- 105931 Pte. Harold Smith from Derby.
- 7786/242574 L/Cpl. William Tomlinson aged 24 and the son of William Tomlinson of 520 Vernon Rd., Old Basford in Nottingham. Formerly 2396 with the South Notts. Hussars, but did not serve overseas with that Regiment.
- 1659/265146 L/Cpl. Ernest Young aged 23 and the son of Joseph Young of 12 Woodland Rd., Meadows in Nottingham. Pre-War Territorial in the 1/7th Battalion and arrived in France in February 1915. Later transferred to the 1/6th Battalion.
- 117136 Pte. Charles Leonard Wyatt aged 19 and the son of Harry and Annie Wyatt of 34 Princess st., Castle Gresley in Burton-on-Trent. Mobilised in May 1918 and arrived in France in September 1918.
Montbrehain British Cemetery
- 4629/241599 Pte. Allen Joseph Brindley from Wash Green in Wirksworth who enlisted in November 1915 and arrived in France in 1916. He may have been a Derby Scheme Recruit.
- 3246/240975 Pte. Philip Dakin a limestone quarryman from Wirksworth who enlisted into the 6th Reserve Battalion in October 1914 and arrived in France in June with the II Reinforcement.
- 3242/240973 Pte. Wilfred Thompson a weaver from Wirskworth who enlisted into the 6th Reserve Battalion in October 1914 and arrived in France in June with the II Reinforcement.
- 90876 Pte. George Gordon Hodson from Arnold in Nottinghamshire who joined under the Military Service Act in the Summer of 1917.
Philip Dakin and Wilfred Thompson enlisted on the same day (recorded as 20th October 1914) along with 12 other men from Wirksworth.
It seems likely that these 3 men were killed as the 6th Battalion retired from Montrehain during the afternoon of the 3rd October. This cemetery contains the graves of 89 casualties of the First World War, nine of which are unidentified. All but one of these men died between the 3rd and 11th October during the fighting for the village, including 36 men from the 46th North Midland Division. The Regiments include the North and South Staffordshire Regiment, the Sherwood Foresters and the 46th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps.
Joncourt Communal Cemetery
4652/266406 Pte. Arthur Everall Bacon from Bulwell in Nottinghamshire is the only Sherwood Forester to be buried in this Cemetery and he was most likely killed during the 1/6th attack on the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme Line. Arthur originally enlisted into the 1/7th Battalion towards the end of 1916 and may have been a Derby Scheme man. He may have been transferred to the 1/6th Battalion when the 1/7th Battalion was ‘reduced in establishment to a Training Cadre’ and 22 Officers and 620 other ranks were transferred to “K” Infantry Base Depot.
Just before the Battalion were due to withdraw from Montbrehain to the reserve area, Lieutenant Percy Alexander Tompkinson (WO/374/69099), a teacher from Longton near Stoke-on-Trent, was killed. There is no record of how he died, but his body was later buried in the small cemetary that had been started next to the crucifix near to the village cemetary.
Calvaire Cemetery now contains 55 burials and the vast majority of these (47) are from the fighting between the 3rd and 5th August when the 24th (Victoria) Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) finally captured Montbrehain. Indeed, 37 men of the 24th Battn AIF, who died on the 5th October are buried here, which is as a testament to the bitter fighting and the dogged German defence of Montbrehain. This was the last action involving Australian infantry on the Western Front and the attack on Montbrehain was an attempt to breach the final Beaurevoir trench line system. Advancing on the early morning of 5th October the 6th Brigade AIF succeeded in occupying the village and in the process took over 400 German prisoners at a loss of 430 Australian casualties.
Percy Tompkinson (A.23) is buried next to 2/Lt William David Baldie (A.22), a 28 year old farmer from Boolara in Western Victoria, who’s service record provides the only known description of the trench burials at Calvaire
“…. the casualty occurred while we were advancing on the extreme left flank on the outskirts of the village, when a shell burst right amongst several men of his section including Lieut. Baldie, a piece of shell hit him on the head and he was killed instantly….He was buried with the others of the 24th Battn….Adolphsen of the same Coy buried him and five other, about 100 yards from where he was killed. Thorncross (A.16), Weeller (A.20) and Missen (A.17) were amongst those buried with him….. a cross was made from Fritz Ammuniation Boxes, with his name inscribed on it and placed were he was buried.”
Amongst the men wounded during the taking of the Hindenburg line between 29th September and 3rd October were:-
Pre War Territorials:-
- 166/240017 Qmstr.- William Barker suffered a GSW in the foot and thigh and transferred to England. Enlisted in April 1908 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
- 359/240030 Cpl. William Bartle. Enlisted in April 1908 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
- 2086/240404 Cpl. William Ward (“C” Company) and wounded at H.10.A.9.5. Enlisted in April 1908 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
- 240180 Samuel Bradley missing believed killed (no record found).
Men who enlisted in 1914:-
- 3089/240891 Pte. James Bull posted as missing and assumed prisoner of war. Enlisted in October 1914 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
- 3106/240902 Pte. Edwin Barker. Enlisted in October 1914 and arrived in France with the 1st Reserve Reinforcement in June 1915.
- 3211/240954 Cpl. Amos Marples. Enlisted in October 1914 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
- 3545/241122 L/Cpl Reginald Ernest Davenport (“C” Company). Enlisted in November 1914 and arrived in France with the 46th Division in February 1915.
Men who enlisted in 1915:-
- 3661/241160 Pte. Thomas Broadhead. Enlisted in January 1915 and arrived in France with the 7th Reinforcement in March 1916.
- 4234/24109 Pte. Isaac Payton. Enlisted in March 1915 and arrived in France with the V Reinforcement in November 1915.
- 4346/241466 Pte. William H Frost. Enlisted in July 1915 and arrived in France in 1916.
- 4492/241540 Pte. George Doxey. Enlisted in August 1915 and arrived in France in 1916.
- 5327/266795 William Adams. Arrived in France in 1916 and first served with the 1/7th Battalion.
- 6033/267206 George Charles Cornish. Arrived in France in 1916 and first served with the 1/7th Battalion.
- 7666/242463 Pte. James Mitchell. Arrived in France in late 1916.
- 259817 C Bentley (no record and not even sure number was issued)
- 27028 Cpl. Charles Frederick Gill. Previously served with the 16th Battalion.
- 45363 Pte. Joe Ferguson. Only served overseas with the 1/6th Battalion.
- Sergt.-Major Hubert Bacon POW (Not sure correct)
- 71081 L/Cpl James Barnett. Previously served with the 17th Battalion.
- 85662 Pte W Scott.
- 86162 Pte William Henry Napier.
- 90419 John William Ford. Only served overseas with the 1/6th Battalion.
- 91673 Pte. Isaac Goodwin. Only served overseas with the 1/6th Battalion.
- 93838 Pte. Henry Carter.
- 98021 Pte E Walker.
- 100022 Pte. Sam Ellis. Only served overseas with the 1/6th Battalion.
- 100010 Wilfred Fowler. Arrived in France on 19th December 1917.
- 103020 Cpl B Wythe.
- 104005 L/Cpl. Cecil J Collett.
- 105931 Pte. Harold Smith missing POW.
- 116097 Pte Leonard Walker.
- 117136 Pte Leonard Wyatt H.10.d.2.4.
- 117208 Pte H Wilson.
- 117248 Pte George Richmond.
- 117299 Pte. Ernest Radford.
- 117331 Pte. S Saxton.
- 117389 Pte W Taylor.
- 117431 Pte. A Sales.
- 20064/269282 Pte Cyril Reginald Fisher. Arrived in France in 1916/17 and first served with the 1/7th Battalion.
- 268252 L/Cpl E Freeman. Only served overseas with the 1/6th Battalion.
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2nd Lieutenant Cyril Ernest Wardle, who you have as a Platoon Commander, also was killed in action the 3rd of October 1918.
I’m at a loss to understand how I missed that – I’ll update when I am back home.
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My son in law found all this wonderful info re my relative Lt. Col. Bernard Vann VC.
He is related through my mother Maisie Vann of Whetstone , Leicestershire, and her father Absolem Vann also of Whetstone.
So glad to have these facts..and proud to have a VC in the family!
Thanks for writing and history of the Hindenburg line , St. Quentin Canal
Sergeant Milo Lemert Medal of Honor recipient , and James Heriot Medal of Honor recipient 30th Division of Old Hickory , and my Great Uncle Willie J Cross Distinguished Service Cross carried the message through after three attempts failed with comrades being killed . September 29th the Hindenburg line was broken . Thanks for the writing and pics of injured , Great Uncle Willie was known to have carried Keith Godwin off the battlefield after being wounded . I was told the story from Roger Godwin his son , that he wouldn’t be here today had it not been for Willie Cross .
Fascinating Vernon – thanks for sharing, cheers Mike
An interesting read. Major Jim Shedden was married to my mother’s cousin and I remember him telling me about his war experience when I was a teenager in the 1960s. I do regret not getting more detail from him.
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