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2nd RMLI - October 1916


Louis Stokes 1916

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Does anyone have access to the 2nd RMLI war diaries and could tell me in which village they were billeted on the 13th/14th of October 1916?

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9 hours ago, Louis Stokes 1916 said:

 in which village they were billeted on the 13th/14th of October 1916?

Hedauville seems to be the answer

See Blumberg's 'Britain's Sea Soldiers

page 315: On 9th October 2/RMLI moved to Hedauville, [should be 8th; see correction below]

page 316: On 21st October 2/RMLI proceeded to Engelbelmer

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correction to the above

the WD transcript here https://vdocuments.site/2nd-royal-marine-battalion-war-diaries-june-1916-to-april-1918.html

gives the move to Heauville as taking place on the 8th (not the 9th)

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Fantastic, thank you. I've just been reading a letter of 2nd Lt Louis Stokes RMLI in which he talks about walking down the long straight road out of the village and sitting against a haystack to watch the kestrels above him and artillery in the distance. There is indeed a long straight road out of Hedauville.

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The war diary confirms Hedauville. There are a few mentions of 2/Lt Stokes in the 2/RMLI war diary:-

12 August 1916 FOSSE 10 and BULLY - 2nd Lt. Stokes left with 10 ORs for Bde. Bomb School. 

20 August 1916 BULLY - 2nd Lt. Stokes & 10 ORs returned from Bde. Bomb School. 

23 August 1916 ANGRES II Sub Section - 2/Lt. Stokes & 1 NCO to Div. Gas School. 

15 September 1916 - 2/Lt. Stokes to 4th Corps HQ for signalling course.  

13 November 1916 (Battle of the Ancre) - Bn. attacked according to attached orders.  2nd Lt. Stokes, Welman & Dewar killed.

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Yes, he was killed leading 13 Platoon over the top on the morning of the 13th.

 

I'm not sure where/what BULLY was. It sounds like a trench name, but the way in which it's referred to in a couple of places in the war diary makes it sound like a village instead.

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10 hours ago, Louis Stokes 1916 said:

I'm not sure where/what BULLY was. It sounds like a trench name, but the way in which it's referred to in a couple of places in the war diary makes it sound like a village instead.

Bully-les-Mines and Bully-Grenay a few miles north-west of Lens.

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Angres is also in the vicinity of Lens. 

 

Michelle 

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