1584 Corporal Henry G Smith of the 6th Northumberland Fusiliers was a patient at Hickwells in 1915. His entry in Nurse Oliver’s album was originally written in pencil but has been heavily overwritten in black ink at a later date. It reads:
Orders issued for move to POTIJZE. Movement to commence at .
Brigade arrived at POTIJZE being heavily shelled whilst passing through
25th April - POTIJZE
Brigade placed under the orders of GOC 10th Inf Bde and ordered to move to WIELTJE in support of 10th Bde.
Brigade arrived at WIELTJE. Orders received to send one Battalion to GHQ line EAST of Farm in C22t
4th and 7th Battalions sent to FORTUIN under instruction from GHQ 10th Bde. 5th
The Brigade was placed under the orders of the GOC 1st Canadian Division as Reserve.
Units ordered to leave their positions and bivouac for the night just south of WIELTJE. No casualties occurred this day in the Brigade. Weather fine.
26th April - WIELTJE
Report received from 10th Brigade that enemy were endeavouring to break through the line in D13 cd and ordering North. Brigade to verify and counter attack with whatever force considered necessary.
Orders received for the Northumberland Infantry Brigade to attack ST JULIEN in co-operation with LAHORE DIVISION
Orders issued for attack. For detail of engagement see App V.
General Riddell killed at VANHULE FARM
Colonel Foster 4th
Units commenced to retire from front line trenches being no longer required.
c) The 5th Corps is co-operating in the attack.
2 The Northd Inf Bde will attack ST JULIEN advancing astride the WIELTJE-ST JULIEN road