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as stretcher-bearers. The former twice left his trench
full view of
the enemy to attend to wounded men lying in the wire in front of it.
The latter secured volunteers to carry wounded back to the aid post
through a shelled area; and at another time he remained for a long
period in the open giving first aid to the wounded and putting them
in such shelter as he could find. Private]. Eatough and Private W.
Booth were awarded the Military Medal for digging out under heavy
shell fire four men who had been buried by the explosion of a shell ;
Eatough also carried a number of other wounded men to the dressing
station under fire. The battalion was partially involved in an attack
at Guillemont on 9th August, suffering serious losses but being
given no definite role. Company Serjeant-Major F. Burns showed
great gallantry
reorganizing his men after the attack and was
awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
The battle honour" Delville Wood," associated for ever with the
gallant achievements of the troops of the Union of South Africa,
finds a place on the Colours of the Regiment owing to a raid carried
10TH BN.
out by the lOth Battalion at that place on 12th August. Two days
before, strong patrols had been sent out by the battalion and had
gained contact with the enemy, who was very alert and aggressive,
on a frontage of two hundred yards in the northern part of Delville
Wood, establishing what the brigade commander in his records
described as a "series of important posts," in readiness for an
attack which was not, in the event, ordered. On 12th August a
raiding party attacked and occupied a German trench at the south–
east corner of the wood. Unfortunately, no details of this episode
are available.
On 22nd August the 17th Battalion, commanded by Major
F. ]. F. Crook, took over a sector of the line at Angle Wood,
1,200 yards north-west of Maurepas, from two French infantry
regiments. The relief was difficult, for the el'lemy joined in with
a heavy bombardment, the ground was strange, and neither
party could understand the other's language. Nevertheless it
was carried through without a hitch and was completed by 2 a.m.
on the 23rd. The front consisted of a chain of advanced posts in
front of Angle Wood with continuous support and reserve lines
behind it. As soon as the relief was complete, the two forward
companies. "X" and "Y," made good use of the remaining hours
of darkness to link up the posts by hard digging.
was fortunate
they did so as the whole area occupied by the battalion received
heavy shelling at intervals throughout the day.