August 3rd 1917, St Julien. Death of Private 9006 George Walker, 16th Bn. Sherwood Foresters, 117th Brigade, 39th Division. Born in Radcliffe and a regular soldier, he was killed in action, age 35 at St Julien.
From Sherwood Foresters War Diaries (held at the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, Nottingham):
Julien, Ypres Salient. August 2nd. About 6pm orders received to take over Divisional Front.
16th Battalion SF relieved the 13th Royal Sussex in and behind St Julien. Relief was completed by 9.30 p.m. During the process of relief a high velocity shell entered Venheulle Farm killing and injuring 30 other ranks including 3 officers.
August 3rd. ‘A’ and ‘B’ companies were heavily shelled in their dug out positions and suffered heavy casualties. Their positions were untenable and at 6 p.m. ‘A’ Company had to withdraw to Camphor Trench and ‘B’ Company to California Drive. 2 Platoons of ‘B’ Company were sent up to reinforce the St Julien defences.
August 5th. During this period the very wet weather made the work of holding the line a matter of great difficulty. The dugout and trenches were very wet during the whole six days and the men were all wet through and unable to lie down to rest. Rations were brought up nightly on pack animals as far as Cheddar Villa in spite of intense shelling. The conduct of all ranks, both during the assault and throughout the tryimg period subsequent was beyond all praise.
Fighting continued in a series of battles leading up to the capture of Passchendaele on November 6th 1917.