Wilfred Blyth Adlard

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
 —  Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), 12th Bn. (Pioneers)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
South of Zillebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


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My story

Private Wilfres Adlard Blyth served in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment 12th Battalion, part of the 117th Brigade of the 39th Division. He was killed in action on the 10th of August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres.

The 12th Battalion Notts & Derby was a Pioneer Battalion attached as Army Troops to the 24th Division. According to their war diary, the 12th Battalion (Pioneers) were working on the extension of a tramway extension to Armagh Wood on the 10th of August 1917, employing 108 other ranks. “B” Company of the 12th Battalion was working in the line, while “C” Company continued repairing and maintenance work on the Voormezele – Larch Wood light railway. “D” Company continued work on the tracks to the Hedge Street Tunnels. It’s highly likely Private Wilfred Adlard Blythe was killed in action while working with the 12th Battalion (Pioneers) at one of these previously mentioned places.

The Notts & Derby 12th Battalion suffered a total of fifteen casualties, due to German shelling, on the 10th of August the 1917. Six men were killed, eight were wounded and one man got missing. Private Wilfred Adlard Blyth was probably one of the six men of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment 12th Battalion (Pioneers), who fell on the 10th of August 1917. His remains were never identified and Wilfred is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

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Further reference
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment 12th (Service) Bn.
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War Diary Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment 16th Bn.
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