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The long continuous rain ceased at dawn and great progress was made with the work of drainage. We were assisted by parties from the 6th Bedfordshire Regiment (Battalion in Reserve) and the Royal Engineers who installed pumps at the worst points, but the damage by daylight proved to be serious.

The enemy was again quiet and a deserter who entered the 7th Leicestershire Regiment lines about midnight, reported their trenches to be in a worse condition than our own.

Two snipers went out from trench 66 about midday and laid at Sniper’s tree – which used to be a German sniping-pit; from which position they accounted for at any rate one German who was working on the new trench.

minenwerfer, seemingly installed since the Battalions’ last period in the trenches, fired a number of shells, most of which went into the lines of the 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, at trenches 56 and 58, where they did very slight damage.

A patrol of 2 NCO’s and 35 men, under 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd, went out at 18:00hrs from trench 60. They proceeded to some canvas screens erected 500 yards east of trench 60 by the 111th Brigade, where they repaired the wire leading to the listening post of trench 59.

2nd Lieutenant Lloyd then proceeded further east, pausing frequently to listen and covered by an advance party. Nothing was heard; but suddenly he was challenged in German, a red light went up, fire was opened up and bombs thrown. The enemy was estimated to number at around 80 men due to the volume of fire. 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd was thrown to the ground and dazed by a bomb, which severely wounded his Serjeant in the eye.

The rest of the patrol retaliated with both bombs and heavy fire, and the enemy made off. As however the Germans were in superior force, the patrol was near their lines and the men had got somewhat scattered, 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd thought it was best to return, which he did, assisting home a man wounded in five places with rifle shot.

The patrol arrived back at 21:00hrs. Two men were missing when the roll was called, and a later patrol failed to find them.


Rank: Private
Service No: 13693
Date of Death: 03/11/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 11 A.

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 18995
Date of Death: 03/11/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 11 A.

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2 Responses to 10th Bn Diary: 3rd November 1915

  1. Martin Smith says:

    My grandfather Walter Alfred Smith 1583 b. Litherland 4/11/92; after working in the Merchant Navy appears to have become a Reservist? in 1910 is discharged on 17/8/14 and presumably enlists at Preston. We have a ‘Serjeant severely wounded in the eye’ from the War Diary and then we have a record he is in the Grand Duchess George of Russia Hospital, Harrogate by 3/11/15 ‘having being blinded in the right eye by a rifle grenade’. ‘There is no chance of sight recovery’. Can they get from Pas de Calais to Harrogate in the same day or is another Sgnt Smith at Hannescamps. We always knew he had that disability so the wounds are correct it’s when they occurred that is the problem. Perhaps you can help.
    Many thanks
    Martin Smith

  2. Martin Smith says:

    On finding Walter’s War Record it confirms he is admitted to Grand Duchess George’s Hospital in Harrogate on the 14th November 1915 which would correspond with his injury received at Hannescamps on 3rd November 1915, giving 11 days to be sent to Dressing Stations and train, eventually to Harrogate where he stayed before being discharged from hospital on 3rd June 1916. Wounds to the Right Eye meant him being discharged from The Btn on 18 August 1916.

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