ROBERTSHAW Wilfred

Wilfred ROBERTSHAW

W Robertshaw
Courtesy of Halifax Courier
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BAILLEUL ROAD EAST CEMETERY, ST. LAURENT-BLANGY

Wilfred served in the 26th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers and was aged 28 when he was killed in action on 9th April 1917.

His Battalion was in trenches south of Roclincourt on the morning 9th April when at 05:30hrs an attack was launched, acting as support battalion they reinforced the attack and first objectives were taken.  A further attack later in the day was held up by enemy machine guns.  The Battalion was again in action on the morning of 10th April when at 05:00hrs they advanced against the enemy.

The Battalion war diary shows that casualties for the 9th to 14th April were: 6 Officers killed, 6 wounded, 22 Other Ranks killed, 160 wounded, 54 missing.

Wilfred is buried at BAILLEUL ROAD EAST CEMETERY, ST. LAURENT-BLANGY (I. B. 25).

The Halifax Courier dated 02 June 1917 records Wilfred’s death along with his photograph.  His address is given as 4 Lane Ends, Ambler Thorn.  Before service Wilfred was employed as a chairmaker.  He was married to Mary and they had four young children.