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Service History of Sgt Thomas Ricketts V.C.

Researched and Contributed by Terry Hisssey

Note: Italics indicated general movements of the Battalion

1916 2nd September - Enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment, aged 15, claiming he was 18.

1917
30th January - Sailed on the SS Florizel and arrived in Ayr, Scotland to commence training
11th June - Left for Rouen, France to join the Newfoundland Battalion
2nd July - Joined the Battalion which was then part of the 28th Brigade, 9th Division
6th-12th July - Served in the Front Line at Yser Canal
16th August - Saw action at the Battle of Steenbeek (Also known as the battle of Langemark)
20th-24th August - Served in the Front Line at Cannes Farm
26th September - Served in the Front Line at Wijdendrift
9th October - Action at Broebeek
20th November - Received a gunshot wound in the right leg at Marcoing in the Battle of Cambrai
21st November - Treated by 89 Field Ambulance and transferred to 48 Casualty Clearing Station then transferred to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etapes, France

28th November - Admitted to 1st London General Hospital at Camberwell, South East London
10th December - II Command Depot Furlough to 19th December
17th December - King George V bestows the "Royal" prefix upon the Newfoundland Regiment
19th December - Attached to 24 Company Depot, Ayr,Scotland

1918
10th January - Attached No. 7 Command Depot, Ripon, Yorkshire
4th February - Fit for category A3, rejoined 2nd Bn at Winchester, Hants
10th April - Battle of Bailleul
29th April - 1st Bn left the 29th Division for a reserve area

30th April - Rejoined the 1st Battalion
27th September - Thomas Ricketts awarded the Croix De Guerre
2nd October - Moved to the Front Line at Ledeghem
14th October - Thomas Ricketts awarded the Victoria Cross
20th October - Bn crossed the river Lys at bavichore to Beveran and advanced through Deerlyck to Vichte and Ingoyghem Ridge
25th October - Bn went into reserve at Gulleghem and Harlebeke where they were at the time of the Armistice
14th November - Commenced the march to Germany
4th December - Marched into Germany
13th December - Marched across the Rhine at Mulheim and on to Hilden where they were billeted as part of the Army of Occupation

1919
19th January - Whilst on leave from the BEF, joined the 2nd Bn at Winchester for repatriation
29th January - Promoted to Sergeant
30th January - Left England from Liverpool for Newfoundland
10th February - He returned to St. John's to be acclaimed by the whole town. He was put into a Victoria carriage drawn by young men and joined a procession of thousands
1st July - Demobilised in St. John's

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