August 5th 1916, Mouquet Farm. Death of Private 688 Charles Paine, 24th Infantry Battalion, 6th (Victoria) Brigade, 2nd Division, I ANZAC Corps, Australian Imperial Force, former printer from Radcliffe who emigrated to Australia immediately before the war to work as a farmer. Killed in action, age 21. The 2nd Division of 1 ANZAC Corps were in position east of Pozières and captured the original German trenches at Pozières Mill on 4th August; it is now the site of the Pozières Australian Memorial.
From the War Diaries of the 6th Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force, August 1916 (www.awm.gov.au):
Aug 5th, Pozières. Fine weather. Germans counter-attacked our new position along whole front at 5 am. Attack repulsed with heavy losses. New lines held by 22nd & 23rd Bns subjected to severe bombardment by large calibre H.E. 3 machine guns and about 150 prisoners captured during 4/5 Aug. Work of consolidating proceeded but men much shaken. 5th Aust Inf Bde on the right of divisional front relieved by 12th Aust Inf Bde. 7th Aust Inf Bde on our right and 36th Bde on left. 15th Bn, 4th Bde attached to Bde and moved to relieve 22nd Bn whose place in front line was taken over by 24th Bn. Relief completed at 5 am.
Casualties 5.8.16:- Killed: 5 Officers 57 Other Ranks
Wounded: 12 Officers 373 Other Ranks
Missing: 2 Officers 49 Other Ranks
Eye witness accounts of the death of Charles Paine on August 5th were collected later from fellow servicemen by the Australian Red Cross.
“I saw Paine killed by shrapnel; we were coming out of Pozières Ridge about 1 o’clock in the afternoon. I was his Corporal. I went to his assistance but he died before we could get his equipment off. He did some excellent work as a voluntary stretcher bearer and was recommended for a medal. We were afterwards relieved by the 4th Div.” (Informant: Cpl. Harry Coleman, 3484, 24th, A.I.F. 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth)
“Casualty was a friend of mine. He was 5ft 7in called “Charlie”. Casualty was being relieved from the support trenches at Pozières on the 5th August when a Whizzbang hit him, wounding him in several parts of the body. I put a blanket round his shoulder. I then went to fix up another man. He was wounded by the same shell. I had hardly finished bandaging the 2nd man when casualty died. He was not buried.” (Informant: D. Pys. Ho. 690, 23rd Btn.).
“His body had to be left there as we were being relieved. He was in C Coy.” (Informant: Pte. G.A.Scattergood, 944, C.Coy. Etaples 2.12.16) (Source: Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Lists, www.awm.gov.au)
August 8th 1916, Boulogne. Death of Sergeant 479 John Ould, 24th Infantry Battalion, 6th (Victoria) Brigade, 2nd Division, I ANZAC Corps, Australian Imperial Force, former printer from Radcliffe who emigrated to Australia with Charles Paine, above. He died, age 20, in No.13 General Hospital, Boulogne. He was one of the 373 men from the 2nd Division who were wounded on August 5th at Pozières, and was evacuated from 3rd Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers to Boulogne. He arrived at the hospital on August 7th and died the following day. “He had gunshot wounds with compound fracture of femur, which then became infected” (source: Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Lists).