The 2/10th (Scottish) Bn The King’s ( Liverpool Regiment) served in France and in Flander from February 1917 to its enlistment into the 1st battalion in Spring 1918.
In 1917 its men served in the Bois Grenier platoon near Armentières with the small village of Erquinghem-Lys as rear base.
Although it was a rather quiet sector of the front , you can find 45 graves of the Liverpool Scottish The King’s in the graveyard of Erquinghem-Lys kept by the C.W.G.C. (Commonwealth War Graves Commission).
Some of those graves are the result of the operation initially named “Dicky’s Dash” then named after Captain Alan Dickinson MC , one of the three brothers who served in the Liverpool Scottish.
The raid “Dicky’s Dash” took place in the south of Bois Grenier on the afternoon of the 29th June 1917 near the old road of Bridoux from a point of the English front line known under the name of Saillant de Bridoux.
Important research were done by M. John Dickinson who will be present with some members of his family.
Franck Macdonald who served in that sector with the 2nd battalion wrote in his diary that he had heard the explosion of the Messines mines which had been heard , according to the information , as far as London.
He also heard the gas bombing of Armentières. He also described how the trenches were built to be used as parapets instead of being dug because of the dampness of the ground.
Basil Rathbone the actor known for his roles as Sherlock Holmes served in that sector with the Liverpool Scottish and was registered as a worker in the farm of La Rolanderie , rue du Biez in Erquinghem-Lys.
Years later he won the MC as a patrol officer in the 1st battalion in early 1918.