February 1916

9th Week at War - 29th January - 4th February - Mesplaux Farm - continued from January

At the A.D.S., things remained quiet, with football being played daily according to 48563 Pte Ieuan Phillips until at 8.30pm on the 4th, the football field was shelled. 

 

10th Week at War - 5th - 11th February - Mesplaux Farm

The A.D.M.S. and D.A.D.M.S. of the 38th (Welsh) Division along with the O.C., Lt Col Davies visited and inspected the A.D.S. (Le Touret aka Rue de Bois) and the Aid Post at Tube Station. 

Le Touret Military Cemetery

The Military Cemetery near the site of the A.D.S. at Le Touret contains the graves of 908 identified casualties including the graves of 12 men who died during the Units three and a half week occupation of this A.D.S., nine of these are of men of the 38th (Welsh) Division including Capt James Gordon Davies aged 24 who was the O.C. of D company 10th Battalion Welsh Regiment (1st Rhondda) who died on the 9th February and 2nd Lt Henry Herbert Marsh aged 25, also of D Company 1st Rhondda who was killed on the 12th February.

Grave of Captain J G Davies

 

The Memorial at Le Touret commemorates about 13,400 British soldier who were killed in the sector stretching from Estaires in the north to Grenay in the south, between October 1914 and Spetember 1915 who have no known grave.

Le Touret Memorial

Although this area of the Western Front was considered a quiet sector at this time, it can be seem that there was a relentless toll of Officers and men both killed and injured. The 10th Battalion Welsh Regiment (1st Rhondda) lost 2 officers and one man killed and man wounded in a single 4 day tour in the front line between the 8th - 12th February.

 

On Tuesday 8th Feburary, the ADMS gave instructions, when he visited the Unit, that 4 men were to be posted at Tube Station Aid Post and 2 at the junction of Cadbury Corner and Princes Road but when it was discovered that there was no accommodation at Cadbury Corner, the two men were posted at Path House Post. On Wednesday, Capt Anderson, Capt Ffoulkes, Lieut Anderson and Lieut Elliott attended a Gas lecture at the recreation room at Lestrem.

On the 5th February, 48563 Pte Iuean Phillips was relieved at the ADS by another clerk and returned to the Unit's headquarters at Mesplaux Farm where he records in his diary spending every day of the week doing heavy fatigues. "If the war is to be decided by the amount of fatigue work, our side will win." he records and later "There seems to be a new jobs arising from every corner." Clearly, Lt Col Davies enthusiasm for fatigues was not necessarily shared by all his men.