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Peter Bennett
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Would anyone have an extract from the War Diary of the 1/8th Middlesex Regiment as to what action they were engaged in on 27th August 1916 and where this action took place

Thank you

Peter

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From LLT

1/8th Battalion
August 1914 : in Hounslow. Part of Middlesex Brigade in Home Counties Division. Moved on mobilisation to Sheerness and then to Sittingbourne.
September 1914 : left the Division and moved to Gibraltar, arriving 17 September.
February 1915 : returned to England.
9 March 1915 : landed at Le Havre and two days later attached to 85th Brigade in 28th Division.
Between 23 June and 2 August 1915, amalgamated with 1/7th Bn in 8th Division.
27 August 1915 : transferred to 25th Brigade in 8th Division.
23 October 1915 : transferred to 70th Brigade in same Division.
9 February 1916 : transferred to 167th Brigade in 56th (London) Division.

It seems that the date you want might be in 1/7 Btn war diary

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Hi Peter

The usually descriptive diarist for the 1/8th Middlesex is uncharacteristically succinct for 27th July 1916

Fonquevillers: July 27th. Trenches, Fine, Quiet

That is it.

1/7th were closeby, resting at Souastre

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Have you got the name of the man you might be interested in?

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This is the man, he was not discovered until 1937 and an unknown found at almost the same location and buried next to him may also be of the Middlesex reg.

HOLDSTOCK, STEPHEN CHARLES

Rank: Private Service No: G/25605 Date of Death: 27/08/1916 Age: 20 Regiment/Service: Middlesex Regiment 1st Bn. Grave Reference: 9.B.20. Cemetery: LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL
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Hi Peter

The usually descriptive diarist for the 1/8th Middlesex is uncharacteristically succinct for 27th July 1916

Fonquevillers: July 27th. Trenches, Fine, Quiet

That is it.

1/7th were closeby, resting at Souastre

Thank you Eric

I have made an error on the date, it should be 27/08/1916.

My apologies

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Morning

The entry is even worse (for you)

27 August 1916 Maison Ponthieu

The battalion attended a Flammenwerfer demonstration in the morning. Divine services. Showery.

Will try to check casualty returns - nada

Regards,

Graeme

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Graeme

Thank you very much for this information, much appreciated.

Regards

Peter

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Soldiers effects also show 1st Bttn. Unfortunately, the entry does not give a location for his death.

If you know the map references of where he was first buried it might give a clue?

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