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Longton1971

I'm just having a look at the soldiers who died from the North Staffordshire Regiment between 5 April and 17 July 1918 and have come across circa 67 men from the 9th battalion buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension who died between 13 and 28 June.  They are  mostly in Plots P.XI and Q.I-, II and III .  Reading the CWGC information, it would appear that most of there men buried there died in one of the surrounding hospitals.  Does anyone know why so many men from one pioneer battalion should be buried here?  I don't have access to the war diary at he moment, so any ideas would be much appreciated as I've set this as my Christmas holiday task.

Richard

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kenf48

I think you mean between the 13 and 28 May 1918.  The Battalion casualties were relatively light in June.

 

A summary in the war diary shows that in May they suffered 59 gas casualties who died of wounds and one soldier who died of wounds from shelling. It also lists 10 more wounded by shelling and 140 from gas.  Only one other rank was killed in action.  

 

The diary notes that on the 11th May up to 2000 gas shells were'poured into Fonquevillers' and 'great difficulty was experienced in wearing the box respirators".

 

The following day it was "Work as usual"  i.e. digging, so I guess most of the casualties occurred on the 11th.

 

Ken

 

 

 

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Longton1971

Yes, thanks Ken.  It was May.  That seems a  high number of wounded from gas but, there again, digging whilst wearing a box respirator must have been somewhat difficult.

Richard

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kenf48
On 20/12/2017 at 22:04, Longton1971 said:

Yes, thanks Ken.  It was May.  That seems a  high number of wounded from gas but, there again, digging whilst wearing a box respirator must have been somewhat difficult.

Richard

 

See this thread esp. post 13. The OH Medical Services is available online 

https://archive.org/details/medicalservicesg02macp

 

Ken

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MBrockway

Sorry Ken - but that's the OH Medical Services, General History, Vol II!

 

My refs are in the OH Medical Services, Diseases of the War, Vol. II.  This volume covers the gas campaigns in great detail over several chapters.  The gas deaths buried at Rouen are covered on pp.313-314, but it's well worth reading the pages nearby for general context.

 

Luckily this is also available on-line here:

https://archive.org/details/medicalservicesd02macp

 

Mark

 

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kenf48

Shoulda 👀 

 

Thanks

Ken

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Longton1971

Thanks Mark and Ken. That's a very interesting read.

Richard

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MBrockway

I've added another relevant document from GOC Third Army relating to the May 1918 mustard gas bombardment casualties to the other topic.

 

See here ...

 

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Longton1971

Thanks, Mark.

Richard

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