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12/13 Northumberland Fusiliers August 1918


johnnie
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Dear all.

I was wondering if anybody could tell me where the 12/13 Northumberland Fusiliers were in early August 1918.

I am trying to find out more about 2Lt James William Thompson who died of wounds on the 8th August 1918 and have come to a bit of a halt.

His service file seems to be at Kew, although I can't see myself getting there anytime soon so was wondering if anybody happened to have the unit war diary.

Any help would be great.

Johnnie

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Johnnie

They were in the 'Mailly Left Sector'.

On 27/7/18: 'The Battn was relieved by the 1st, 2nd Lincolns, the relief worked successfully. A heavy gas bombardment was put down at 12.30 (midnight) and lasted until 4am. During this time 5000-7000 shells fell between the support line to Brigade HQ. All the battn passed through this, in some cases gas shells fell within a few feet of the men. 2Lt Thompson received a very severe wound from one of these which fell between his legs.'

That makes me wince a little. I'd advise getting his file from Kew when you are able as this may give you considerable more information as to his injuries and background.

Kind regards

Colin

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Thank you ever so much for the information. Sounds like a rather unpleasant incident. I'll update once I have the service file although that might not be for a while.

Thanks again.

Johnnie

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