John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 80

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23rd. All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt Chapman G. 4778 SgL Finch. 1 1528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkins, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England in place of the Sergts. who joined. One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.

24th. The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet. A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

25th. Nothing unusuaL

26th. A quiet night rather wet. One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Ll Wilson to hospital sick.

27th. Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt

commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners at P.17.A. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at P.2.A. Rather cramped for room average 15 men in a tent Still very wet.

CAMP. P.2.A.28

28th. Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.

BEAUVAL

29th. Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 am. Raining hard Brigade marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 11.30 am. Weather cleared up a little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.
30th. Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

Weather still unsettled.

31st Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up. fairly warm

this afternoon.

SEPTEMBER. 1916

FLESSELLES.

1 st. Companies at usual training. Weather shower)'.

2nd do. do.

3rd. Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.

4th Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt. Weston awarded

Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faure to Hospital sick.

5th. The Battn left here at 7.30 am. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II a.m. Billets fairly

comfortable.
ALLONVILLE.

6th. 6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERICOURT L’ ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Ll Walker to Hospital sick.

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23rd. All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt Chapman G. 4778 SgL Finch. 1 1528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkins, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England in place of the Sergts. who joined. One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.

24th. The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet. A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

25th. Nothing unusuaL

26th. A quiet night rather wet. One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Ll Wilson to hospital sick.

27th. Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt

commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners at P.17.A. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at P.2.A. Rather cramped for room average 15 men in a tent Still very wet.

CAMP. P.2.A.28

28th. Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.

BEAUVAL

29th. Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 am. Raining hard Brigade marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 11.30 am. Weather cleared up a little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.
30th. Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

Weather still unsettled.

31st Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up. fairly warm

this afternoon.

SEPTEMBER. 1916

FLESSELLES.

1 st. Companies at usual training. Weather shower)'.

2nd do. do.

3rd. Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.

4th Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt. Weston awarded

Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faure to Hospital sick.

5th. The Battn left here at 7.30 am. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II a.m. Billets fairly

comfortable.
ALLONVILLE.

6th. 6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERICOURT L’ ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Ll Walker to Hospital sick.


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  • November 1, 2018 10:36:18 Zafiro Marti

    23rd. All quiet last night excepting a few Trench Mortar Shells on A. Company. Lieut R.D. Drynam slightly wounded in the left elbow. The u/m Sergts. joined from the 3rd Battalion on the 22nd inst No 8782 Sgt Chapman G. 4778 SgL Finch. 1 1528 Wilcox S. Sergts Wilkins, Laws and Johnson were sent off to England in place of the Sergts. who joined. One unlucky shell today fell among the pioneers 3 killed and 2 wounded No 11576 Sergt W. Weston recommended for immediate reward:- On night of 21st August 1916 when the entrance to a mine near MARY REDAN was blown in, burying several men, Sergt Weston showed conspicuous gallentry and initiative in digging the men out under fire. By his own efforts and fine example encouraging others to work, two of the five men who had been buried were recovered alive.

    24th. The usual "MINNIE" Strafe last night otherwise fairly quiet. A quiet day on our front, but a very heavy bombardment on our right, about THIEPVAL from 4 to 6.30 p.m.

    25th. Nothing unusuaL

    26th. A quiet night rather wet. One unlucky shell dropped in the Head Quarters Kitchen this morning and killed the Colonels 2nd i/c and Adjutants Servants. Ll Wilson to hospital sick.

    27th. Again all fairly quiet last night, trenches very slippery owing to rain. 4th Bn Gloucestershire Regt

    commenced taking over from us at 9 am. relief complete at 12.10 p.m. The Battn. assembled and had dinners at P.17.A. (Sheet 57D) afterwards marching independently to Camp at P.2.A. Rather cramped for room average 15 men in a tent Still very wet.

    CAMP. P.2.A.28

    28th. Breakfasts at 6 am. Battn. paraded at 7 am. and marched with the Brigade to BEAUVAL arriving about

    11.30 am. All fairly comfortable in billets in the Village.

    BEAUVAL

    29th. Battn. paraded at 7.45 am. and joined the Brigade at the Starting point at 8 am. Raining hard Brigade marched to FLESSELLES via LA VICOGNE and TALMAS. Arrived about 11.30 am. Weather cleared up a little while on the march. Battn took over billets on the Southern side of the town. All billets very crowded.
    30th. Companies parade 9-12 and 2.30-3.30 for Platoon and Coy Drill Bayonet fighting Bombing Instruction etc.

    Weather still unsettled.

    31st Companies do a drill attack on trenches, judging distance etc. Weather seems to have cleared up. fairly warm

    this afternoon.

    SEPTEMBER. 1916

    FLESSELLES.

    1 st. Companies at usual training. Weather shower)'.

    2nd do. do.

    3rd. Battn attend Church parade in the morning and Route March in the afternoon.

    4th Commanding Officer inspected all Companies in MARCHING ORDER. Sergt. Weston awarded

    Distinguished Conduct Medal for Gallentry on the 21st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faure to Hospital sick.

    5th. The Battn left here at 7.30 am. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about II a.m. Billets fairly

    comfortable.
    ALLONVILLE.

    6th. 6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERICOURT L’ ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters billetted in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Ll Walker to Hospital sick.


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    Kenneth Duesbery, great nephew of John
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