Published By Ben Hillidge
Bullecourt Sector. 10 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers attd. 76 Trench Mortar Battery. 5 November 1917.
Trench Mortar Batteries operated heavy, medium and light mortars. The 76 TMB operated Light ‘Stokes’ 3 inch Mortars. They were assigned as Divisional Troops and took their unit number from the brigade they were in – hence 76 MTB was in 76 Brigade, 25 Division, this was the same brigade as 10 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers and 7 Bn KSLI, Oswestry Pals. Each battery had 8 mortars divided into 2 sections under the command of a Lieutenant.
76 Brigade had seen action during the earlier part of Third Ypres but by November 1917 had been withdrawn and redeployed in the Bullecourt sector between Baupame and Cambrai.
The 76 TMB War Dairy is missing the pages for November 1917. The 10 Bn RWF War Diary records going into the front line in the Bullecourt Sector to relieve the 8 Bn King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment on 4 November 1917. Lieutenant Herbert W Rayner is recorded a died of gas wounds the next day. No other details are given
References and Sources WAR DIARY 10 Bn RWF 2. 76 TMB no diary for dates.
B&O 1917. Somme. Bullecourt Sector. 10 Bn RWF attd. 76 Trench Mortar Btry. 5 Nov 1917.