4th November 1918

Our Research

The soldiers who took part in the attack on 4th November can be split into two distinct research categories. Those that survived and those that did not. The latter left behind them, at very least, a record in the Commonwealth War Graves Commision database. If they are lucky they have a grave, if not a memorial bears their name. Our research, therefore, begins with the list of casualties the CWGC maintains. This list is finite and in time we could work through its entirity.

Those soliders that survived the day are infitinately more difficult to trace. How do we know a soldier was ever there, at that time, with the battalions involved? As interest for WW1 grows during the centenery, more and more families are delving into their own research or engaging others to research on their behalf. As inteterested parties stumble accross our work our list of men increases.

This page is divided into sub sections which any researcher may find useful. You will find a breakdown of the Divisions, Brigades and Battalions involved in our area of interest as well as the cemeteries where the casualties can be visited and a full list of soldiers currently within the scope of our research. Finally please take some time to view the individual pages commeorating the soldiers we have already researched.

If you have any information concerning the soldiers mentioned herin or wish to bring to our attention a soldier we have not included please do get in touch.
Jon and Sebastien

Order of Battle

17th Northern Division

50th Brigade
10th Bn, the West Yorkshire Regiment
7th Bn, the East Yorkshire Regiment         
6th Bn, the Dorsetshire Regiment
50th Trench Mortar Battery


51st Brigade
7th Bn, the Lincolnshire Regiment             
7th Bn, the Border Regiment        
10th Bn, the Sherwood Foresters          
51st Trench Mortar Battery


52nd Brigade
10th Bn, the Lancashire Fusiliers                 
9th Bn, the Duke of Wellington's                
12th Bn, the Manchester Regiment          
52nd Trench Mortar Battery

18th Eastern Division

53rd Brigade
10th Bn, the Essex Regiment       
53rd Trench Mortar Battery
8th Bn, the Royal Berkshire Regiment
7th Bn, the Royal West Kent Regiment


54th Brigade
6th Bn, the Northamptonshire Regiment
2nd Bn, the Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn, the Bedfordshire Regiment
54th Trench Mortar Battery


55th Brigade
7th Bn, the Queen's         
7th Bn, the Buffs               
8th Bn, the East Surrey Regiment              
55th Trench Mortar Battery

38th Welsh Division

113th Brigade
13th Bn, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
14th Bn, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
16th Bn, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
113th Trench Mortar Battery


114th Brigade
13th Bn (2nd Rhondda), the Welsh
14th Bn (Swansea), the Welsh               
15th Bn (Carmarthenshire County Committee), the Welsh
114th Trench Mortar Battery


115th Brigade
10th Bn (1st Gwent), the South Wales Borderers
17th  Bn (2nd North Wales) , the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
2nd Bn, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
115th Mortar Battery

The battalions listed above are specifc to the brigades involved in our area of research on the 4th November 1918. Each division also featured a host of supporting battalions and units which have not been listed. If you research interest belongs to a unit we have not listed for the above Divisions please get in touch and we will be more than pleased to give them a mention.

Casualties

The CWGC records show 2765 deaths recorded for 4th November 1918 across all theatres. Of these some 339 casualties belong to the battalions listed above. Several soldiers have been omitted from our list as they died behind the lines in hospitals too far from the action to have been involved at all. Soldier's lost their lives from a multitude of causes, disease, accidents and long term injuries. Discerning which casualties from 4th November are a direct result of the fighting on that day is not an exact science and assumptions have, in some cases, been made. The list published on this website is by no means set in stone and could well change as the project unfolds. If you know of any soldier who should be on our list who isnt, please do get in touch .

Our 4th November 1918 casualties list from the Battle of the Sambre - Mormal Forest Sector can be found here  (pick Save As option)

The following Cemeteries and Memorials commemorate the fallen of 4th November.


BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
CAUDRY BRITISH CEMETERY
CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, FONTAINE-AU-BOIS
ENGLEFONTAINE BRITISH CEMETERY
FOREST COMMUNAL CEMETERY
GHISSIGNIES BRITISH CEMETERY
HONNECHY BRITISH CEMETERY
LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY
MONTAY-NEUVILLY ROAD CEMETERY, MONTAY
POIX-DU-NORD COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
PREUX-AU-BOIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY
ROMERIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
RUESNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY
VENDEGIES-AU-BOIS BRITISH CEMETERY
VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL
Three Graves

Soldiers

A full A-Z listing of the soldiers currently being researched can be viewed and searched  here.

Gallery

Take a look through our extensive gallery of photographs recording our visits to the Mormal Forest and the cemeteries of the battle here .
North of Locquignol

Map Archive

Take a look through the maps we have discovered during our research into the battle here .
Operational Map

Presentations

Take a look through our presentations here .
Powerpoint

War Diaries

Every Battalion, Brigade and Division maintained official war diaries during the war. As well as infantry battalions all the associated units and divisional sections recorded their activities on a day to day basis. The quality of the information recorded and indeed the manner in which it was written (handwritten vs typed) varies dramatically. Some officers took the time to record great detail, including officers/OTs names, map references and hand draw maps. Other diaries seem callous and removed from the actual events of the day in their sparce recording of what we would consider now to be important time points.

We have included below the more pertinent diary entries concerning the preparation and execution of the attacks on the 4th November 1918. Click on the links below to access the war diaries.
war diary