Posted 14 July 2006 - 09:26 PM
Saturday 15th July 1916. Temperature 72°F, morning mist clearing to a bright day.
16th (Service) Battalion (Church Lads' Brigade) 100th Brigade, 33rd Division.
The 100th Brigade attacked with the 9th Highland Light Infantry on the left, in the front line, the 16th KRRC being in support. The Highland Light Infantry were held up from the start by enfilade fire from HIGH WOOD. The Queen's reached the enemy's wire, and found it uncut. Our 16th Battalion was then put in to fill the gap between the two regiments. They advanced 1,000 yards over the open and lost heavily. Colonel Wyld was wounded and Captain E Wenham succeeded to command. The Battalion behaved most gallantly in this, its first big fight, and eleven Military Medals were awarded to NCOs and riflemen for their conduct in the attack. (Regimental History)
The Battalion lost on this day: (Killed in Action and Died of Wounds)
Rfn Edgar Wilfred Anderson, C/883, Spennymoor.
Rfn William Anderson, C/649, Long Eaton.
Rfn Albert Asden, C/929, Rawtenstall.
Rfn Ernest Atkinson C/207, Leicester
Rfn William Ball, C/256, Highfield, Wigan
Rfn Wilson Barber, C/1111, Oldham.
Rfn James Barnes, C/ 631, Chesham.
Rfn Frank Thomas Barron, C/461 Whitchurch, Salop.
Rfn William Ernest Bell, C/1454, Darlington.
L/Cpl Thomas Birkett, C/939, Durham
Rfn Nathaniel Blaker C/582, Worthing.
L/Cpl William Edwin Bradshaw C/356, Wigan.
Rfn Horace Albert Briggs, C/135, Lonf Eaton.
Sgt Leonard Brown, C/813, Birmingham.
Rfn Thomas Brown, C/1646, Felling-on-Tyne.
Rfn Holden Broxup, C/1402, Bradford.
Rfn Harry Bull,R/17138,New Barnett.
Rfn James Arncliffe Burdon C/1281, Stockton-on-Tees
Rfn William Ernest Burrows, C/460, Whitchurch, Salop.
Rfn William Charles Caiger, C/330, Sparkford, Somerset
Rfn Henry Charles Carter, C/331, Connah's Quay.
L/Cpl Thomas Frederick Cliff C/449, Whitchurch, Salop.
Rfn Levitt Geoge Cooper C/854, Leicester.
Rfn Wilfred Crook, C/932, Bolton.
L/Cpl William Cundall, C/210, Leicester.
Rfn Ernest Dixon, C/68, Burnley.
L/Cpl John Arthur Exall, C/380, Hereford.
Cpl Albert George Fenn, C/626, Chesham.
Rfn Charles Edwin Francis C/680, Windsor.
Cpl John Marrington Goff, C/83, Brightlingsea.
Rfn Arthur Thomas Goldsmith C/42, Eastbourne.
Sgt Frank Gomm, C/636, Chesham.
Rfn Cecil Graverstock, C/16, Croxley Green
Rfn Harold Guest C/1035, Wombwell.
Rfn James Hadfield C/490, Bolton.
Rfn Charles John Hatt C/130, Blyth.
Rfn Frank Hayes C/262, Chesham.
Rfn Joseph Henry Hill, C/1036, Wombwell.
Rfn George Hughes, C/38, Redhill.
Bglr Arnold Ingham, C/589, Ashton-under-Lyme
Rfn Louis Edward Jones, C/112, Sketty, Swansea.
Rfn John Henry Jones, C/682, Buckley, Flints.
Rfn Isaac Knill, C/1098, Ifracombe.
Rfn Joseph Knowles, C/282, Ashton-in-Makerfield.
Rfn Thomas Leach, C/511, Heywood, Lancs.
Rfn Cyril Herbert Long, C/900, Chard.
Rfn Percy Lowe, C/587, Audenshaw, Manchester.
Rfn Ernest Merrey, C/1072, Burton-on-Trent
Rfn Charles Minnett, C/475, Wombwell.
L/Cpl Frank Rumsey Moon, C/230, Redhill.
Sgt Joseph Reginald Mountenay, C/567, Bakewell.
Rfn Henry Oscar Mullanny, C/1320, Bradford.
Rfn John Arthur Mullanny, C/1403, Bradford.
L/Sgt Edgar Newbold, C/343, Long Eaton.
Rfn Frank Offen, C/487, Brighton
Rfn John Page, C/758, Selly Oak.
Rfn Arthur Pattison, C/32, Bishop Auckland.
Rfn Harry Pearce, C/627, Chesham.
Rfn Cecil Pepper, C/1210, North Wlasham.
Rfn Francis Bibby Pickering, C/987, Carlshalton.
Rfn Edwin Purcell, C/1199, Blackburn.
Rfn Ernest Rhodes MM, C/1064, Rochdale.
Rfn Rfn Robert Adam Watson Robinson, C/911, Berwick-on Tweed.
Sgt Robert Ernest Robinson, C/34, Bishop Auckland.
Rfn Charles Rogers, C/5, Croxley Green.
Rfn Robert Arnold Roper, C/1019, Stockton.
Sgt William Henry Taylor, C/241, Mytholmroyd.
L/Sgt Russell Thompson, C/1008, Harden, Durham
L/Cpl G George Henry Tranter C/1119, High Wycombe.
Rfn Alfred Valks C/1115, Sedgefield, Durham.
Rfn George William Watson, C/853, Leicester.
L/Cpl George William Welburn, C/1097, Birkby, Yorks.
Sgt Robert Welsby, C/202, Kearsley.
Rfn Ernest Wheatley, C/1129, Middleton, Lancs.
Rfn Frank Whitehead, C/527, Rochdale (Died of wounds 16th July 1916)
Rfn Harry Wood, C/1234, Wallington, Surrey.
Major Adrian Deighton Cooban. Age 33.
Capt Herbert Phillip Deedes. Age 34
Lieut James Bryn Hitchens. Age 43
2nd Lieut Kenneth George Denniss. Age 22.
2nd Lieut Richard Dermott Atkinson Age 24 (died 16 July 1916)
List based on SDGW
Can any pals add information from local knowledge please?