Tuesday 14 June 2016

An Alarm at Maricourt

2nd Lieutenant Bricknell [X550/1/81]

Wednesday 14th June 1916: yesterday the 2nd Battalion, at Maricourt, began digging a new trench. During the digging the enemy opened up a heavy bombardment and attacked the French who were holding trenches on the right. Fortunately, turned out to be only a small raid.

2nd Lieutenant H J Bricknell has joined the Battalion. He was a Sergeant in the 5th Lancers who has been commissioned from the ranks. Another newcomer is 2nd Lieutenant J. B.
Primrose-Wells, of 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment(1).

Source: X550/3/wd

(1) The 4th Battalion was not yet in the field. Lieutenant James Bowen Primrose-Wells, from Vancouver, British Columbia, died with 4th Battalion on 4th April 1918 and is commemorated in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood. He died as a prisoner-of-war and his grave was lost.

Lieutenant James Bowen Primrose-Wells [X550/1/81]

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