Lee Enfield rifle with fixed bayonet.
11th NOVEMBER. Records give following 2 men as killed in action this day.
3900 Pte Blance John. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Killed in action.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
201983 Pte Chamberlain Alfred. Born at Ickleford, Herts and enlisted at Northallerton
N Yorks. Killed in action. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
7521 Pte Finkell John. Home at - 40 Orwell St, Middlesbrough, N Yorks, place of birth.
Enlisted at Thornaby on Tees. Died of wounds. Age 20. Buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery.
7532 Pte Jewitt Alfred. Home at - 19 Gloucester St, Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of
wounds. Age 29. Buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery.
7551 Pte Tweddle Stephen. Born and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of wounds.
Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
14th NOVEMBER. Letter to local newspaper.
"A Soldier's Wife and Mother" says that her son and husband were called to active service in France with the 1/4th Yorks, that they went out 2 years come the 17th April and that they have gone through all the hardships that must be faced and have been badly wounded and gassed.
She thinks those who are left should be sent to England on munitions or home defence, as there are so many fit and able-bodied men staying at home, who could take their places.
She hopes someone will help her in this, as they have only had 7 days leave during that time.
14th NOVEMBER. Moved up to Starfish line.
15th NOVEMBER. The Bn moved to the Front, where they relieved 3 Btns of the 149th Brigade.|
Very much hostile shelling - especially Hexham Rd and Pioneer Alley.
6156 Pte Barber John, Thomas. Enlisted at Northampton. Killed in action.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
7517 Pte Dick John, Albert. Home at New Silksworth Durham. Born West Pelton, Durham.
Enlisted at Sunderland. Killed in action. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Local newspaper:- Sergt C Massingham, 4th Yorks, son of Harry and Mrs Massingham, Marske by Sea, N Yorks has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field.
16th NOVEMBER. The following 3 men were killed in action and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
Pte Herbert Brown.
2393 Pte Brown Herbert. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. His photograph appeared in the Illustrated Chronicle for 10 June 1915, when he was listed as Gassed.
He went to France when the 4th Battn first went on 18 April 1915 and took part in the Battles of St Julien and Bellewaarde at Ypres. It is not known when he rejoined the Battalion.|
6321 Pte Lilley Percy. Born and enlisted at Finedon, Wellingborough.
8790 Pte Scott David. Home at Sledmere, Yorks. Enlisted at Beverley, E Yorks.
5714 Sgt Ovington Lawrence. Home at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Born at Redcar
and enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Killed in action. Age 25. Buried at Bazentin Le Petit Communal
6126 Pte Kitchener Reginald. Home at 77 Holly Rd, Northampton, place of birth
and enlistment. Died of wounds. Age 22. Buried at St Sever [Hospital] Cemetery Extension Rouen.
Warlencourt British Cemetery.
Warlencourt is situated about 5k North of Martinpuich.
Graves were brought in from surrounding battlefields after the War.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".].
17th NOVEMBER. The Btn were to have taken "The Hook", but the Bosche attacked the "Gird" and retook it.|
The Gird and Hook were names of Trenches, held by the Germans in the area between the villages of Flers to the right
and Thilloy to the left.
Diary - This made the attack impossible. It was a pity, as we had established posts
and tapes back all round the Hook and aided by Flank attack by the 4th East Yorks Bn might have collared the Hook and
part of the Gird.
The Btn were relieved by the 1st Camerons Btn and returned to the High Wood area.
342429 Pte Dellar A. James. Enlisted at Cambridge. Died. Buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension,
19th to 30th NOVEMBER. The Btn moved to Becourt Camp, on the North East outskirts of Albert,
where they remained doing working parties and cleaning up. On the 30th they moved on to Contay, a village about
12k due west of Albert, for a month's training.
The Diary is signed off by Lt. Col F.F. Deakin.
6150 Pte Webb Walter, Joseph. Home at Main Rd, New Duston, Northampton, place of
enlistment. Born at Oldham. Died on the 21st, Age 20. Buried at St Sever [Hospital] Cemetery Extension Rouen.
2497 L/Cpl Gains Richard, Hamilton. Home at - Barrowby Thirsk N Yorks, place of
birth and enlistment. Died of wounds on the 29th. Buried at St Sever [Hospital] Cemetery Extension Rouen.
[Picture courtesy of - "The Heritage of the Great War".].
7510 Pte Clay Harry. Home at - 32 Third St, Horden, Co Durham. Born Silverdale Staffs
and enlisted Sunderland. Died on the 30th. Age 24. Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
Mr and Mrs Whitfield, 87 Grove Hill, Middlesbrough have received official news that their son, Signaller Whitfield, of the 4th Yorks has been wounded and lost his Left hand and is in Hospital in France.
22 NOVEMBER. Major William Whitesmith Constantine, 4th Yorks, son of Mr Joseph Constantine, J.P. of Harlsey Hall and Middlesbrough, has been awarded the Military Cross.
He is officially gazetted today as having been promoted from Captain to Major.
He was wounded on September 18th and has been in Hospital since, but hopes to be discharged in 2 or 3 weeks time.
The official report states:- Though wounded before the attack commenced, Major Constantine insisted in leading his Company to the final objective, where, though again wounded, he continued with the greatest determination
to control his Company. He set a fine example.