|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||14002||10th Battalion|
Photo Lea Mills postcard
Bert was born in 1896, worked at Lea Mills, and enlisted into the Foresters in September 1914. Entering France in July 1915 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and then killed in action at St. Eloi on 3rd March 1916. His death is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, on the Lea Mills Memorial and on the Alderwasley Memorial .
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.
Lea Mills Roll of Honour & Letters
Joined up 04/09/14
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 6 August 1915
ALDERWASLEY MEN AT THE FRONT
The Wirksworth parish magazine says: – “Since the magazine last came out, a number of our young men have started for the front. E Redfern, in the RFA, has been in hospital; Arthur Lee and Arthur Carrington started for the Dardanelles about July 1; Herbert Petts and Oscar Snow about the middle of the month for France; JHM White, whom we heartily congratulate on his promotion to be captain, left about the same time, having been engaged in Staff work, and the work of embarking troops. May they be in God's keeping and returning safety and with honours gained. Our best congratulations also to be given to George Petts who is now Lance sergt. We were glad to see Capt Shepherd-Cross home on leave and in good health.”
Derbyshire Courier, 18 March 1916
Lance Corporal H. Petts, Alderwasley
10th Battalion Foresters War Diary [
The following transcript from War Diaries record Bert's final days of service before he was killed on 3rd March 1916.
10th SHERWOOD FORESTERS; March 1916
Battalion marched to Bde Reserve dugouts I33a taking over from 10th LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS. Fortins R9 and R10 were relieved also guards on bridges 18 and 19. Ecluse No 8 and barricade on YPRES – LILLE Road where it crosses the canal.
As relieved Battalion were finding working parties all that night relief was rather confused and late. As soon as relief was complete (11:45 pm) the whole battalion was used for carrying material from WOODCOTE HOUSE to forward dumps.
A short bombardment of the enemy trenches and support lines took place at 4:30am and lasted for 45 minutes and brought considerable reply.
Casualties to 12 noon 6 O.R. wounded including 3 slightly at duty. 
At 5pm a demonstration was made as though about to attack, by all the 9th Northumberland Fusiliers and 9th WEST RIDING REGTS, holding the trenches.
An intense bombardment took place and rapid rifle and machine-gun fire: enemy replied vigorously and establish two barrages as in February 14 – one behind Reserve Wood and one across from Canal Bank in front of CHESTER FARM.
76th Inf Bde took over command of sector, establishing their headquarters in Reserve dugout I33a.
Bus under command of 76th Inf Bde took up position in assembly trenches in accordance with “detail of assembly trenches” & "move to assembly trenches.” *
* appendix Nos 1&2
Dress and distinguishing marks worn in accordance with Preliminary Orders †
† appendix No 3
At 4:30 am in accordance with Operation Orders ☨ the attack was launched
☨appendix No 4
There was no preliminary bombardment immediately before the attack, desultory shelling having taken place throughout the night to prevent the enemy carrying out repairs to wire etc.
The attack was in every way success.
The trench wardens supplied by battalions found great difficulty in coping with their task of keeping the trenches in repair and eventually it was to all intents abandoned.
As soon as the assault and burst of shelling was over, what remained of the battalion after supplying the guards, wardens etc was utilised in carrying ammunition and material to the forward dumps. This continued all day and most of the night, and following morning the latter under heavy shellfire.
As soon as the assault and burst of shelling was over, what remained of the battalion after supplying the guards, wardens etc was utilised in carrying out ammunition and material to the forward dumps. This continued all day and most of the night, and following morning the latter under heavy shellfire.
Bn bombers were utilised to occupy posts in front line and did good work under Lieut. HOYTE. [ ]
The orders for battalion to be relieved on night 3rd/4th by 7th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry were received in the early afternoon.
This relief was a long and tedious process and was not complete till 3:45 am. The companies were able to get away before that time. The Bn marched back to camp B – a long march but recompensed by the sleep that followed.
Casualties during two days. CAPT. J.W. FISHER, 2/Lt A.F. BENTLEY wounded & CAPT N.H. PRATT slightly at duty all on 3rd. O.R. killed 17, Wounded* 76 Missing three. [
*includes 27 at duty.
Hubert Petts is also remembered on the Alderwasley Roll of Honour in the Church.
|Date of Death||03/03/16|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Panel 39 and 41|
|Cemetery||YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL|
Memorial outside Lea Mills
Three photographs of Alderwasley War Memorial
The Notts & Derbys Panel on the Menin Gate
Courtesy Steve Morse
Soldiers' Effects Book
Hubert Petts; 10th Notts & Derby Regt; L/Cpl 14002; died in Belgium 3.3.16; War Gratuity £6 10s 0d; paid out to:
22.6.16 father George £6 9s 0d
27.8.19 father George £6 10s 0d
Bert's brother George Petts also served.
1901: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary
RG13 piece 3224 folio 214 page 10
|Arthur||Petts||son||17||Stone mason on estate||Alderwasley|
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