Wednesday 12 June 1918 We Lost 321

At a railhead in France several trucks loaded with heavy ammunition catch fire causing an explosion.  Several men are wounded and some lay underneath the burning trucks.  Private James Dunn (Coldstream Guards) at once rushes forward and carries two of the wounded men to a shelter trench close by where he renders first aid.  He then returns to the assistance of other wounded men when a second explosion takes place.  Notwithstanding this and also the very grave danger of further explosions he continues to assist the wounded and help to rescue those who are lying under the burning trucks. For his actions he will be awarded the Albert Medal.

At first light the Cossacks start for the bridge at Menjil anticipating a hard fight. Martinsydes flying over the enemy positions discover that the enemy has failed to occupy a key ridge commanding their lines. The Cossacks quickly take the ridge and site their artillery. The enemy then retreat and the bridge is secured.

Today’s losses include:

  • A man whose uncle was killed in 1916 as the commanding officer of his battalion
  • A man whose brother was killed in May 1916

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Second Lieutenant Humphrey Gilbert Machell (Border Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He is the nephew of Colonel (Commanding) P W Machell, who was killed in action in 1916.
  • Private R Bolland (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. His brother was killed in May 1916.