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John CUMMING

On the 1 July 1916 two of my great uncles William Wild and Gawin Wild were both injured at the battle of the SOMME.

My great uncle William was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and took command of three platoons and commanded them ably throughout the action. He went to his adjutant who was lying wounded, took over papers and information from him, and acting for him, kept in touch with the advanced line. Later he carried his adjutant and his own brother, who was also wounded to safety under heavy fire.  Whist saving his  younger brother Gawin he got a bullet through his left leg, just a few Inches the my knee, through the fleshy part. This wound was clean and is nearly healed, whilst his shoulder wound proved to be the worst. After an operation he had a wound seven inches long, one and a half inches wide, and nearly as deep and after fifteen days  the wound stitched, a very painful operation.

He served with B Company, 26th (Service) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (3rd Tyneside Irish). also served with 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers as a Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Regiment number:
26/725 and then commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 3/2/1919

My great uncle Gawin Wild was awarded a was awarded the Military Medal for on the morning of July 1st, 1916 he showed bravery on the field of battle when he rescued a superior officer Injured on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Later that day he was injured and was rescued by his elder brother William.

He served with B Company, 26th (Service) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (3rd Tyneside Irish). also served with 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.as a Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Regiment number: 26/1310.
On returning to duty he was transferred to the 732 Labour Company, Labour Corps,  Regt. No. 476930, based in St. Pol Sur Mere. 

Does anyone no which Casualty Cleating Station they were taken to, William was injoured in the shoulder and his leg, whist Gawin was injured when a bullet when through his hip and arm.  and the name of the two senior officers they rescued????

William WILD-.jpg

From r-l Willie Smith, Gowin Wild (seated), William Wild and William O'Brien.jpg

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Mark1959

Welcome

Cannot find a relevant medical record

FMP has an interesting transcribed record

Surname Gawin
Last name Wild
Residence Littletown
Address 4 Front St
Enlistment year 1881-1920
Service number 26/1310
Rank Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Battalion 26th
Transfer to/from To Labour Corps(732nd Labour Coy)
Wounded/sick July 16
Notes 'C' Coy; M.M.21/9/16(1/7/16); Hospital,Stourbridge(July 16); Dragged into shell hole by 26/985 JACKIE HUNTER
   
Record set

British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920

 

Edited by Mark1959

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EDWARD1

103 Field Ambulance War Diary on the 2nd July 16 mentions 36CCS Heilly, 3CCS Puchevillers and 5CCS Corbie each temporarily closing down.

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Mark1959

A sad follow on

4 hours ago, Mark1959 said:

Dragged into shell hole by 26/985 JACKIE HUNTER

John Hunter 26/985 was killed on 1/7/16. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial

It is worth looking in the War Diary for the 26th. There is a very slim chance the officers may be mentioned. Cannot find it at the moment

edit

Download from

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7353921

Forgot I had a copy. Mentions the unit when relieved only had 2 officers left at duty. The award of the DCM to "Wilde" is mentioned on the entry for 22/7/16. So nothing to confirm names of officers in the text for 1/7/16.

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TEW

III Corps DDMS diary for 1/7/16 shows 36 & 38 CCSs at Heilly both having large numbers of wounded by 6pm. From 7.30 PM evacuations were sent to the Puchevillers group.

Vecquemont group closed at 4.45 AM.

 

There were also walking wounded stations and medical rest stations which due to the volume of men and confusion received numbers of serious cases.

 

I also know from other research that CCSs at Corbie were ordered to open up at quick notice.

 

Finally, congestion became so bad the DMS 4th Army ordered evacuations from front line to cease late on 1/7/16. Therefore many serious wounded were gathered around forward dressing stations during the night and only evacuated in small batches when space allowed.

 

Not unusual to find individuals wounded in the 1st wave 1/7/16 being admitted to CCS 2/7/16.

TEW

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