The Worst of an Advance (11th Battalion)

The Worst of an Advance (11th Battalion)

Postby kerchi » Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:30 am



In a letter to a Workington friend, Pvt. Humphries throws some light on what happened to Pvt. Stanley Smith, who was formerly a hatter in Jane Street. “I doubt,” he says “he’s gone. He never got past our own line. He was lying on his side, just over the edge of the trench, and when I was going forward, I stopped for at least a second. He was looking at me with an appealing look, but he had got the wound then, and as he was in a decent place from bullets, I left him as we daren’t stop. That’s the worst of an advance – you can’t help a pal. Some would have liked to have helped me, but I wouldn’t let them, as an officer would have shot them for stopping. I’m not certain that Stanley id dead, but I’m nearly sure.”

An earlier letter from him also contained a reference to Stanley Smith, and an account of how he got his own wound. “It was a terrible do Bob. I see Stanley Smith’s face yet, as I passed him. What a look – “Like put me out f pain!” And we daren’t stop to give relief. It was 7.30, a nice morning. The Germans were just having a rest. They had been waiting all night for us, so did not expect us in daylight. Then came our turn. I got near the German front line and dropped. What a terrible job getting back. I would have dropped in a shell hole, only I couldn’t stop the bleeding and was getting so weak.

Published 15th July 1916, West Cumberland Times
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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