Clare Singleton Posted 21 November , 2018 Share Posted 21 November , 2018 (edited) My maternal grandfather, John Williams, served in the 1st Northumbrian Brigade R.F.A (Territorial Force). Initially it was the 1st Northumbrian Division. On the 14th May 1915 it became the 50th Northumbrian Division. On 16th May 1916 it became the 250th Northumbrian Brigade. 2nd Battery, which John belonged to, became ‘B’ Battery. I intend visiting The National Archives next month to look for information in Casualty Clearing Station documents about my grandfather, John Williams. I wondered if anyone could help me identify which CCS he would have been taken to? John was injured, with gunshot wound to his left arm with a compound fracture of the radius, on one of the following dates - 27th, 28th or 31st August 1916. My mother thinks the 28th August is the most likely, as in the War Diary it says 'two slight casualties today', which would tie in with John being awarded the Military Medal for going to help one of the men who was injured laying communication lines. On the 27th August the War Diary says 'B Battery had one man slightly wounded during the afternoon'. On the 31st August the book says 'B had one man slightly wounded', although there is some discrepancy, as the War Diary doesn't mention it. At that time they were involved in the Battle of the Somme, in the Mametz Wood area, attacking High Wood. I have the War Diary for that period for both the Brigade and the Cameron Highlanders, the infantry attached to the Brigade. I also have the book 'War History of the 1st Northumbrian Brigade RFA 1914-1918' that had belonged to my grandfather. I can provide more information to their exact movements, if that helps. The following quotation in the book, for the 27th August, may help a military expert to identify an exact position - 'A nasty wet day, much heavy mud. Battery now covers S4.c3½.8½ to 7½.7½ in HIGH WOOD, held by CAMERONS’ 1st DIVISION'. The last entry in John's Pay Book was Thursday 24th August 1916, which may help. Clare Edited 21 November , 2018 by Clare Singleton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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