Sutton, Wilbert Stanley: Service no. 54328


Digitized Service Record

Source: September 1916 casualty.


His original Battalion was the 33rd Battalion but prior to going overseas he transferred to the 18th Battalion. He then went to Halifax and embarked from Canada April 18, 1915 on the SS Grampian arriving in England on April 29, 1915. He embarks for France with “A” Company and arrives in Boulogne on September 15, 1915. On April 10, 1915 he is attached to 250th Tunneling Company of the Royal Engineers. Then he is temporarily attached to the 2nd Tunneling Company on April 10, 1916 that same day.

On July 1, 1916 he is back with the 18th Battalion.

The main objective on the Brigade front was between Martinpoice and Courcelette extending 250 yards north-west of the Albert-Bapaume Road and then about 450 yards south-east of the road. The objective itself was an enemy second line fire trench and the Sugar Loaf. Both were well armed and manned enemy positions.

The 18th Battalion was attack right and would advance with a three platoon front with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th waves each having 3 platoons.

Zero hour came at 06:20 am and the Brigade artillery came down on the enemy front and support trenches and there were many enemy men in those trenches as they themselves were planning an attack and were caught in the barrage. 

At 06:24 am the first wave pushed off. At 6:24 am the first enemy trench was captured. At 6:34 am the second enemy trench was captured. At 6:30 am the tanks began to advance. The strong point at the Sugar Loaf had received the attention of the Brigade artillery and the attack on this position came from three sides just following the barrage and it was taken at 7:00 am.

All objectives along this front had been achieved and all along the front the infantry was consolidating their positions.

At 9:20 am the Battalion advanced forward toward Gun Pit Road with the support of the artillery and this was taken with little opposition. While Gun Pit Road was being secured and consolidated the Brigade on the right of the Battalion joined us .

About now the enemy finally realized just how deep the 18th Battalion and the Brigade had advanced and he brought down a heavy barrage on the Sugar Loaf. Our men were removed safely. Gun Pit Road and the surrounding trenches also received a heavy enemy shelling.

The was the situation Private Sutton was facing when he was killed in action.

Source: Huron Remembers

Source: The Wingham Times, 1916-10-19, Page 4.
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