By William Turner
Follow the footsteps of the neighbors of their trip from Lancashire to their education camps in England and Wales and to the villages and battlefields of France. A accomplished account, with maps and images, of a neighbors Battalion's provider through the battle.
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Pte. William Baron 15478 of Rishton was left in hospital seriously ill. He died on March 23rd. and is buried nearby in grave no. J7. The six-day voyage to Marseilles was comfortable and uneventful. m. on 9 March, two hours after disembarking, the Battalion entrained for the Front. The train was old, with wooden seats and no glass in the windows. The men were packed in tightly. m. on 11 March, 1916, just fifty hours after leaving Marseilles, came the end of the line at Pont Remy, on the River Somme, near Abbeville.
I tried again. I pressed downwards to try to get up and the Sergeant groaned. I knew then he was underneath me. I couldn’t see him. ”. The fellows had got on the top from the trench and had lifted the sandbags and the battens off. I was able to get down into the trench. ‘I went to look for the company commander, Captain Riley. Someone must have told him what had happened because he was coming towards me. ”. ”. He sent me straight to the Medical Officer [Captain ‘Jack’ Roberts RAMC] at the Regimental Aid Post (in Railway Hollow).
Some of the water quenched my thirst and some helped to clean up a little. Then I realised that the bombs in the dump would not be required and I had wasted my endeavours. I was very tired. I was dazed, but I knew where I was and what I was detailed to do. , but the bayonet on my rifle was broken off and the bolt had snapped although it fitted in metal grooves. As time passed our barrage seemed to weaken into nothing, but the Germans gave no respite and their heavies pounded the forward areas as well as the rear, where they probably thought our reserves would be forming.