John Duesbery (Sherwood Foresters) killed on Somme, item 83
- November 1, 2018 10:39:11 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 SgL Chapman G. 4778 Sgt. 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 gallcntry 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. Lt 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
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.
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.
1 st. Companies at usual training. Weather showery.
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 21 st Aug. 1916. Capt Munro-Faure to Hospital sick.
5th. The Battn left here at 7.30 a.m. and marched to ALLONVILLE arriving about 11 a.m. Billets fairly
6th. 6.30 am. Battn left here and marched to MERICOURT L’ ABBEE. Three Companies and Head Quarters billettcd in the Village one Coy bivouacked in a field North of the Village. 2/Lt Walker to Hospital sick.