Hello all, My grandads brother (see avatar) was Pte. Douglas Black of the 6th Btn. H.L.I. He was the youngest of 6 brothers and 2 sisters all in uniform in WW2. Sadly he was the only one to perish in that conflict. BLACK, DOUGLAS Rank: Private Service No: 14741818 Date of Death: 05/04/1945 Age: 19 Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 6th Bn. Grave Reference: 49. B. 16. Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY I'm trying to ascertain what the 6th battalion were doing and how he met his death. The family story is that he was shot by a sniper up a tree, but this is all anyone recalls being told. No records or letters exist in the family of his service. There are none of his siblings now to ask any questions of. I plan on getting a copy of his Army record, if they'll let me. I looked up the battalions history, which is online, and the date in question. The 5th of April has no mention of combat or deaths. However the day before, the 4th, was a costly one. (From 6th Btn History) "Private Hawkshaw of 12 Platoon, commanded by Lieutenant Rhind who was killed in the counter-attack, had a nerve-racking experience from which he emerged slightly wounded and made his way back to A Company lines arriving there at about 1.15 a.m. on 5th April. This is his story:- "We were right forward platoon of B Company. Suddenly a burst of automatic fire wounded Sergeant Buckley. Lieutenant Rhind came up and started firing. I was hit in the arm by a small mortar and lay in the trench. Spruce, my mate, got shot through the temple. All firing stopped. Germans shouted 'Hands up'. I lay doggo in the bottom of the trench. I heard no sounds of people being taken prisoner but quite a lot of our men were wounded and killed. When I left at about 0045 I heard no sounds of movement whatever in the vicinity except slight movement in the gully. Before the Germans attacked three of them approached us as if to give themselves up but one had a rifle so was fired on. We captured the other two but the man with the rifle got away. I never heard a Spandau on our front. I think they used automatic rifles. The enemy were well up to us before we got any fire to bear on them." Sergeant Clarke and fourteen men of B Company also managed to escape and rejoined the Battalion via the Durham Light Infantry on the right. Later it was ascertained that a party of the enemy estimated to be about 100 strong had passed through the lines of the Durham Light Infantry of 131 Brigade and made their way back to Ibbenburen. The 4th of April was a bleak day in our history. We lost in this one action no less than three officers and thirty two other ranks, including Company Sergeant Major Miller of D Company, killed while forty four other ranks were wounded including Company Sergeant Major Gately, DCM, of C Company who, at all times, was conspicuous for his utter disregard of danger. On the credit side we took fifty one prisoners including ten wounded and killed at least thirty five." So upon looking up 6th btn H.L.I. deaths on CWGC, Lt. Rhind is dated as being killed on the 4th, as per the action described above I suppose, but Douglas Black and two men actually mentioned in the piece: Sgt. Miller and Pte Spruce are listed as being killed the 5th? Can I safely assume Douglas was among those killed in the scene described by Hawkshaw, even though dates are blurred, or is it still possible he died in another event the day after? Cheers, Derek.