Records of wounds, injuries and sickness for men in the War are very limited, as Service Records were burned, following bombing of the store at Kew in 1940. It is safe to assume many men were wounded in the assaults on Montauban, Trones Wood and subsequent action. Reporting III Platoon first, set out below is the current summary (always under review) of men known to have been wounded at Trones Wood and possibly Montauban. For men who subsequenlty died of these wounds, please see Trones Wood Losses and for men captured, please see Prisoners of War.
One fortunate exception are the records of 8396 Henry Brumfitt, who’s record provided an earlier example of disciplinary action for misdemeanours; particularly being Confined to Barracks. 20 year old, former warehouseman, Henry Brumfitt was wounded at Trones Wood and admitted to the 2nd Australian general hospital at Wimeraux with shell shock. He was invalided home on 11th July. Following recovery, Harry continued his service. This will be recounted later.
In the assaults at Montauban or Trones Wood, records indicate 8604 Frank Hoyle was wounded and shell shocked. Frank had been promoted to Corporal by July 1916. He had enlisted in September 1914, aged 22 having worked with Louis Linney at Haslams and living with his parents James and Emma at 93 Church Street, Farnworth. After transfer to hospital in Leicester, Corporal Hoyle continued his service in Britain.
Private Joseph Leach 8706 was also wounded at Trones Wood, with injuries in the head and back. Joseph was a resident of 42 Garden Street, Ardwick.
Albert Hurst 9311 provided much of our commentary from his role as one of B Company’s machine gunners. Albert was a former public school boy and son of a solicitor from Ashton. Following his wounding, he was evacuated to a series of British hospitals. He then continued his service while working for his original employer, National Oil and Gas Engine Company, before being discharged in December 1918.
CSM 8196 Charles Roland Johnson was 22 when he joined the Pals in September 1914. He had been promoted to Sergeant, soon after enlistment and become CQMS of C Company in March 1915. He became CSM in October 1915. CSM Johnson presumably transferred to A Company after the Montauban assault; or Lieutenant Miller was supporting his colleagues from C Company by rescuing their Sergeant Major. Charles Johnson had been employed as a printed cloth salesman at Tootal, Broadhurst & Lee before the war.
Following transfer to Norwich war hospital Charles eventually recovered from wounds to his left foot, face, hands and thigh. He was discharged in February 1918 and convalesced in Weston-Super-Mare – with his parents Thomas and Mary Johnson – prior to returning to Manchester. Arthur Bell recounted a strained meeting with Charles Johnson.
“I met Mr. J., the former S.M., at a re-union in Manchester – had seen him many times hobbling about outside his firm’s premises – but on this occasion I asked if he was glad to be alive – got no reply, and was too shy to tell him I took part in his rescue. I should not be surprised if the South African soldier had written to him.”
Private Walter Giddy – Courtesy http://www.delvillewood.com/giddy.htm
The diary of Walter Giddy provides a record a private in the 2nd South African Infantry. Walter, Arthur Geoghan and Vernon Edkins were at Bernafay Wood and helped recover wounded men. It is quite possible Vernon Edkins helped carry CSM Johnson’s stretcher. South African Infantry helping Manchesters at Trones Wood | 17th Manchester Regiment on the Somme
On 27th July 1916 Albert Kendrick’s step-mother in Rusholme received Army Form B. 104 – 82, advising that Albert had been killed in action on 10th July. Albert was in A Company and was probably being held in Dulman Camp. There must have been considerable relief when his family heard of his wellbeing, from the Red Cross, three months later. Albert returned to Manchester in December 1918, where he went on to live in Fallowfield. He died at the relatively young age of thirty three, possibly linked to shell shock.