1/5TH   BATTALION
Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own
YORKSHIRE   REGIMENT
THE 5TH YORKS BATTALION WAR DIARY - Page 6.
Holding the Line at Kemmel

MAY 1916.
1st to 11th - Battalion at Eecke. Divisional Rest.
1821 Pte Garner Percival Barker Home at Market St, Kirbymoorside. Born at Nawton, Kirbymoorside. place of enlistment. Died of wounds on the 1st May 1916 aged 26. Commemorated at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Hospital.
12th to 20th - Battalion HQ and 1 Coy at Eecke. Detachment of 3 Coys at La Clytte for eight days providing working parties nightly of about 250 men for work on the Vierstraat Switch. 1 man wounded on 14th, one on 19th and one on 20th May.
21st to 27th - At Eecke. C Coy won tug of war competition.
Division was inspected by Gen Sir HCO Plumer KCB, commanding 2nd Army.
28th - Battalion marched to Locre and relieved 2nd Suffolk Regt in Divisional Reserve.
29th to 31st - Battalion in Divisional Reserve supplying working parties day and night.

JUNE.
1st to 4th - In billets at Locre. 2 ORs wounded.
4th - Relieved 4th East Yorks Bn in trenches E1 to F5. Bn HQ at Newport Dugouts. 5th DLI on Left and 24 Div on Right.
5th to 13th - In these trenches. 1 OR killed and 10 wounded.

2071 Pte Smith Harold. Home at 59 Scarborough, Rd, Driffield. Born and enlisted at Driffield. Killed in action on the 7th June 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery.
1452 Cpl Jennings Thomas. Born Storwood Yorks Enlisted at Pocklington. Died of wounds on the 8th June 1916. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord.
3632 Pte Dickinson Walter. Home at Scorton, Thirsk. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 14th June 1916. Commemorated at Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery.
13th - Relieved by 4th East Yorks and went into Bde Reserve at Kemmel Shelters.
14th to 19th - Supplying working parties.
17th - Lt R Green and 5 OR wounded.
19th - Relieved by 2nd Leinster Bn of 24 Division and moved into tents.
20th to 30th - Supplying working parties for 149 Inf Bde. 2 ORs killed and 7 wounded on 23rd. 1 wounded on 25th. 4 on the 29th and 1 on the 30th.

2986 Pte Horner George. Home at Yearsley Easingwold. Yorks. Enlisted Malton. Killed in action on the 23rd June 1916 aged 23. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
2001 Pte Jarvis William Earl. Home at 20 St Sepulchre St, Scarborough. Born and enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 23rd June 1916 aged 21. He had been with the Battalion from first going out to France in April 1915. A letter from his CO confirmed that he was "killed by machine gun fire on Friday". Buried in La Latiterie Military Cemetery.
3783 Pte Finkell Charles Thomas. Home at North Ormesby. Enlisted at Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 26th June 1916. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord.
2263 Pte Smith Harold. Home at 7 Wolfreton Lane, Anlaby nr Hull. Born Sutton Hull. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 29th June 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.

The ruins of Kemmel.

JULY.
1st to 3rd - In Camp supplying working parties.
3rd - Relieved 7th Northumberland Fus in trenches J3 to L5 to K2 both inclusive. 5th DLI on Left and 24 Div on Right.
In these trenches until 11th, during which time casualties to 9th were 5 ORs killed and 4 wounded.
4th - Trenches K2a and b taken over by 5th DLI.

1202 Pte Dixon George Wilfred Hardy. Home at 12 St Ann St, Cemetery Rd, York. Born and enlisted at Driffield. Killed in action on the 5th July 1916. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
3025 Pte Rodmell William Levi. Home at 13 Seal St, Warrenby, N Yorks. Enlisted Redcar. Killed in action on the 5th July 1916 aged 18. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
3645 Pte Welburn George Henry. Enlisted Beverley.
Killed in action on the 5th July 1916. Commemorated at Menin Gate Memorial Ypres.
2543 Pte Douglas Ernest. Home at Pickering. Enlisted at Malton. Killed in action on the 6th July 1916 aged 20. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
3900 Pte Robinson Gilbert. Home at Branton Court, Farnham Knaresborough. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 6th July 1916. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
2929 Pte Smithson Thomas. Home at 12 Newby St, Ripon. Born and enlisted Ripon. Killed in action on the 7th July 1916 aged 20. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
10th - Raid carried out by Party under Capt H Brown DSO on enemy trenches mine crater.
Full details attached. Capt H Brown and 2nd Lt HP Bagge and 11 OR wounded, including 3 at duty.
11th - Relieved by 4th East Yorks and moved into Brigade Reserve. HQ and 1 Coy at RC Farm. 1 Coy in Siege Farm and 1 Coy in Kemmel Chateau. 1 OR wounded.

1642 Pte Harland Robert. Home at 18 Dean Rd, Scarborough. Born and enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 11th July 1916.
Captain Robinson wrote to his widowed mother - :
It is my painful duty to tell you of the death of your son Private R. Harland as a result of an explosive bomb which burst close to him. He was hit in several places and death was instantaneous. He will be buried in a Military cemetery and afterwards a cross erected. I want to express to you the very sincere sympathy of his officers and comrades in your great loss I hope you will take consolation from the fact that he was killed in the course of duty to his country. As you know he has gone through many trials and lived under dangerous conditions, the nature of which perhaps people at home do not sometimes realise. You have every reason to be proud of your sons service to his country."
He was unmarried and formerly was a corporation chair attendant. His mother died in the Workhouse, aged 64 in 1925.
Buried in La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
12th to 14th - Supplied working parties for 1st Fied Coy RE. 1 OR wounded on 12th and one on 13th.
15th - Relieved 5th DLI in trenches K2 to L5. Canadian Corps on Left, 4th East Yorks on Right. One Coy in reserve at Siege Farm. 3 ORs wounded.
16th - 3 ORs wounded.
17th - Enemy's Artillery active. 2nd Lt WA Turnbull and 2 OR killed. 2nd Lts HA Fagan and GH Smith and 5 ORs wounded.

2nd Lt Turnbull Andrew. Home at 13 Grosvenor Rd Scarborough. Born Leeds in 1880. Admitted to the Bar and worked for the family firm in Scarborough before the War. Enlisted as a Private in the 5th Battn before being commissioned. He had been Scoutmaster of the 4th Scarborough Troop. He had been wounded at the Battle of St Julien in April 1915 and again hit in the back and shoulder when the Battalion were in Sanctuary Wood 3 months later. He had to be evacuated to the UK and had only returned to duty early in 1916. Killed in action by shellfire "which burst near a farm in which his Company were stationed" on the 17th July 1916 aged 37. Buried in La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
3264 Pte Woodthorpe Tom Davis. Home at 2 Clifford Cottages, Walker Gate, Beverley. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 17th July 1916 aged 29. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
18th - Reserve Coy moved from Siege Farm to bivouacs. 3 ORs wounded.
19th - 3 ORs wounded.
20th - 2nd Lt J Jacobs attached 150th. 2nd Lt TM Batty [this Officer not found in either SDGW or CWGC records.] and Capt EGC Bagshawe killed. 2nd Lt PNL McInnes wounded and died in No 1 Canadian CCS at Bailleul later in day.

Capt E. G. C. Bagshawe.

Capt Bagshawe Edward George Clarkson. Son of the late Judge Bagshawe KC. Born in Hampstead on September 17th, 1879. He had served in the Boer War, resigned his Commission in 1907 and rejoined when War was declared in August 1914. He went to France with the Battalion in 1915, was invalided home and went back to Ypres in 1916. His name is on the Sledmere Cross in East Yorkshire at the former home of Sir Mark Sykes, and old school friend an former Commanding Officer of the 5th Battn when the War started. Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 aged 36. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
2ndLt Jacobs Joel. Home at Fhynonfa Park Dve, Swansea, where he was born in 1895. Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
2nd Lt McInnes Percy Norman. Home at Withernsea, Yorks. Born Swingfleet, Yorks in 1882. He joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps in August 1915. Killed in action on the 20th July 1916, aged 34. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.
21st - 1 OR wounded.
22nd - 1 OR killed and 1 wounded. 2nd Lt EW Brodrick missing on Patrol.

3195 Pte Appleton Samuel. Home at Skirlough, Hull, Yorks. Enlisted at Darlington. Killed in action on the 22nd July 1916. Commemorated at Menin Gate Memorial Ypres
2780 Pte Boynton George Edward. Home at Park House, Leconfield, Beverley, Yorks. Born at Rotsea, Cranswick Yorks. Enlisted Driffield. Died of wounds on the 22nd July 1916 aged 23. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Ext Nord.
3348 Pte Gibson Thomas. Home at Wombleton, Nawton, Yorks. Enlisted Whitby. Killed in action on the 22nd July 1916. Commemorated at La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
1930 Pte Robson Joseph Thomas. A Company. Born and lived at Bridlington, Son of Alfred James and Elizabeth Robson, 29 Stanley Terrace, Brookland Road, Bridlington. Died of wounds on 22nd July 1916, aged 23. Buried in Calais Southern Cemetery.
Annals of Bridlington - On Thursday Mrs Robson received a telegram from a base hospital in France, conveying the painful news that her eldest son had died from wounds. The young soldier was in the 5th Yorkshire Regiment, the local Territorials, and went out to France about six months ago. He was wounded recently by shrapnel in the back, and his last letter home was full of hope. He appears to have made a rapid recovery and was sent back into the fighting line, when he had a relapse, and was ordered to be sent to a hospital in England. He, however, became worse and died in one of the base hospitals before he could be conveyed to England. His younger brother, Pte A. Robson, is serving in France with the same Regiment, whilst his father, Pte A. Robson, is doing defence duty in England with the National Reserve.
2499 Pte Smith Frederick William. Enlisted Beverley. Died of wounds on the 22nd July 1916 aged 31. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial
23rd - Rather more than usual amount of Artillery and trench mortar fire. 5 ORs wounded including 2 at duty.
Lt E. W. Brodrick.

2nd Lt Brodrick Eric William. Home at Farnley Rectory, Nr Leeds, where he was born on April 24th, 1881. He was educated at St Georges School, Roundhay and Bradford Grammar. He worked as a Province Agent in the Phillipines from 1902 and was home on leave when War was declared. He joined the Royal Fusiliers Public Schools Battn and then transferred to the Court Officer Training Corps. He was commissioned in March 1915 and later in the year joined the 5th Yorks. He was wounded and captured during a night patrol and died aged 35 in the hands of the Germans. He was buried in one of their battlefield cemeteries and after the war his body was brought into Larch Wood Railway Cutting Cemetery, near Zillebeke. His CO wrote to his parents, the Reverend F E Brodrick and his wife Jane -
"The whole Battalion, Officers and men sorrow with you. We all loved your son and his men would have done anything for him."
His wife Margaret Lucie Brodrick of East Keswick, Leeds gave birth to his daughter after his death in September 1916.
24th - Relieved by 5th DLI and moved into Div Reserve at Kemmel Shelters 2 ORs wounded.
25th to 29th - Supplying working parties for Battns in Line and RE. 2 ORs wounded on 28th and 3 on 29th.

3074 Pte Bloomer Herbert. Enlisted at Darlington. Killed in action on the 27th July 1916. Commemorated at Berks Cemetery Extension.

3254 Pte Pert John. Home at 101 George St, Whiteinch, Glasgow. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 29th July 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Menin Gate Memorial Ypres.
1580 Pte Walker Willoughby Ward. Born and enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 29th July 1916. Commemorated at Menin Gate Memorial Ypres
30th - Relieved 5th DLI in trenches K2 to L5 both inclusive. Canadian Corps on Left and 4th East Yorks on Right. Reserve Coy at York House.
1525 Pte Atkinson Walter Stanley. Home at 3 Mount Pleasant, Queen St, Scarborough. Born and enlisted at Scarborough, N Yorks. Died of wounds on the 30th July 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord
2707 Pte Prest George. Enlisted Beverley. Died of wounds on the 30th July 1916. Commemorated at Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
31th - 1 OR wounded.
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