1916, JULY 20th – THE BATTLE OF FROMELLES
A and D Companies were selected for the attack, and at 2.15 a.m. the Engineer party had not been discovered. The companies were filing out to take up their positions ten minutes later, when the Engineer officer reported, and stated that he had no material at all. The C.O. just at that moment received an order from the Brigade Headquarters that unless everything was ready by 2.30 he was not to start, so the attack was cancelled.
The next few days were occupied in cleaning up and repairing the trenches. 2nd Lieut. Thorne, of the 6th Middlesex, who was attached to the Battalion, made two journeys into No Man’s Land during the day, and succeeded in bringing in wounded men on each occasion
DIED OF WOUNDS JULY 20th 1916
3359 Bugler Thomas Simms