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Page 32. 17/23 Sept 1916. Flers-Courcelettes. Losses.
Pte Louis Ward.

17th SEPTEMBER. The following 5 men died this day and are buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.
1624 Pte Bell George. Home at Lingdale, N Yorks. Born at Elwick, Hartlepool. Enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland. Killed in action.
3505 Pte Nicholson Arthur. Home at Mosterfield Well Bedale. Enlisted at Kirklington. Killed in action.
3809 L/Cpl Osborne Richard, Alderson. Home at Thornton le Moor Yorks. Born at Whiteham Mines, Cumberland. Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Killed in action. Killed in action.
2177 Pte Thompson George, William. Home at Stockton on Tees, place of birth. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Killed in action.
200863 Pte Ward Louis. Home at Scotland Farm, Snilesworth, Hawnby, Helmsley N Yorks. Enlisted at Northallerton. Died. Age 20.
[Photograph kindly contributed by Geoff King of Pickering, N Yorks.]

Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.
Situated about 6k North of Thiepval, the village of Miraumont was in German hands in September 1916.
Graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields after the War
Many were from where the Canadians fought around Courcelette and the Cemetery gets its name from Canada spelt backwards.
9 men of the 4th Yorks Bt are buried here.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".].

2Lt Harry Needham Laing. Killed in action. Age 20. Home at The Lindens, Grove Park, Denmark Hill, London. He was an Old Boy of the Polytechnic School 1911 to 1914, being prominent at both work and athletics.
He was a member of the London University Officer Training Corps.
One his fellow Officers wrote to Harry's parents, Henry George and Sarah Laing:-
“He was loved and liked by everybody who met him, and was one of the most gallant and fearless officers I have ever known.
One of his last deeds was to construct a redoubt, which the battalion promptly named after him.

'Those whom the gods love die young,’ and none will be more mourned or his memory more proudly honoured than your son by his comrades and friends.”
These sentiments were also expressed by other senior officers, who underlined his gallantry and the affection which he inspired in others.
He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

3159 Pte Goldby Thomas, Arthur. Home at - Sykes House, Mount Pleasant, Carlin How, N Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at Northallerton. Killed in action. Age 27. Buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz.

Shelled Artillery site at Martinpuich.
[Picture from - "Das Archiv zum 1. Weltkrieg ".].

18th SEPTEMBER. The position was consolidated. Disposition at 9.50 a.m was 1 Coy [about 70 men] and 2 Lewis Guns in Trench in touch with 15th Div to about 150yds along Prue Trench. 1 Coy in Sunken Road. 1 Coy in Martin Trench. 1 Coy about M.32.b.7.0 [map reference not known].
2329 Cpl Scott Percy. Home at Middleton Tyas, N Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Died of wounds. Buried at Heilly Station. Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbe.
19th SEPTEMBER. Diary - " The Brigade was relieved by 23rd Division. 9th Yorks, 70th Brigade relieved the 4th Yorks Battalion.
The whole Brigade were withdrawn to the O.G. Line South of Bazentin Le Petit Wood. It had been raining heavily since 10 a.m the previous morning. There was accommodation in the trench for about 100 men. Men came back absolutely weary, worn out and wet through. Nothing had been done for their welfare at all.
It was absolutely inconceivable how the fighting efficiency of the men could be kept up under these conditions. Fortunately the rain ceased about noon and men were enabled in some way to dry their soaking clothes in the sun."

Heilly Station Military Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe.
Situated some 10k South of Albert on the railway line to Amiens.
The area was used as a Casualty Clearing station.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".].

3173 Pte Applegarth John, George. Enlisted at Guisborough, N Yorks. Died of wounds. Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
4524 Pte Hunter Stephen, William. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of wounds Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.
3943 Pte Nelson Charles, Henry. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of wounds.Buried at St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens.
3513 Pte Robinson John, Henry. Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Died of wounds. Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
20th/21st SEPTEMBER. Time spent in getting companies together as much as possible.
At this time some men from the Cambridgeshire Regiment arrived as reinforcements to replace the heavy losses. 161 from the 4/1st Cambridge Regt had been transferred to the Reserve 5th Battalion, probably at Catterick, and had sailed to Boulogne on the 30th August. Some went to the 5th Yorks Bn. At least 47 joined the 4th Yorks and were given new Yorks Battalion numbers from 7555 to 7602.

Cpl Harry Johnson.

2473 Cpl Johnson Harry. Home at 166 Borough Rd Middlesbrough, late of Levenside, Stokesley. Enlisted at Northallerton. Prior to the War he was a Bricklayer. Died of wounds received on the 16th aged 27. Buried at Etaples Military [Hospital] Cemetery.
His brother Arthur Edwin also lost his life in the War with the Durham Light Infantry.
4253 Pte Wright John. Home at 22 West Terrace, New Marske, N Yorks. Enlisted at Redcar, N Yorks. Died of wounds. Age 28. Buried at Marske in Cleveland (St Germain) Churchyard.
22nd SEPTEMBER. At 3.30 a.m 50th Division reported that the Germans had evacuated Starfish and Pru Trenches which had been occupied by 149th Bde. 2 Battalions of the 150th Bde, the 4th and 5th Yorks were ordered up to support.
"No reason has yet been discovered why when ground has been evacuated by the enemy it was necessary to send troops into close support into a foul filthy and shelled area and into position immediately in front of all the field gun positions."

23rd SEPTEMBER. The 150th Bde relieved the 149th Bde at night.

4215 Pte Beeforth William. Home at New Skelton, N Yorks. Enlisted at Saltburn, N Yorks. Died of wounds at home. Buried at Boosbeck [St Aidan] Churchyard.
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