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THE BATILE OF THE SOMME, 19r6
157
Forrester was later awarded this Medal for good work throughout
the Battle of the Somme and for the operations near Falfemont
Farm in particular.
THE BATILE OF PozrERES RIDGE
"POZIERES"
The share of the Regiment in this struggle, which lasted from
23rd July to 3rd September, was confined to the participation of
the 19th Battalion, as Pioneer Battalion of the 49th Division, in an 19TH BN.
unsuccessful attack north of Thiepval Wood on 3rd September
and the presence .of the IIth Battalion in the line and in support 11THBN.
near Thiepval and Ovillers between 20th August and 3rd September.
THE BATTLE
OF
GINCHY
9TH SEPTEMBER, 19r6
"GINCHY"
2nd/5th Battalion
The
loss of 16 officers (all but three of those who went over the
top) and 334 other ranks of the 2nd/5th Battalion was the price 2ND/5TH
which the Regiment paid for the battle honour" Ginchy."
BN.
After a period of rest, this battalion on
Jth
September took over
a tangle of trenches lying between Delville Wood, Trones Wood and
Ginchy. Half its line faced east, half north, but the term " line "
is an exaggeration as the position consisted of unconnected and
shallow trenches which could only be reached at night. Ironical
thoughts of the good brews of the battalion's home towns must have
been evoked by the names of the trenches in this area-Stout
Trench, Pilsen Lane, Vat Alley, Hop Alley, Ale Alley and Pint
Trench. The carrying out of the relief caused some anxious moments
as there was nothing to prevent parties from walking straight into
the enemy positions in some places.
However, it was safely accomplished with little shelling but with
the loss, through a fatal wound, of Captain
J.
W. Hedley, one
of the battalion's original officers. The next day passed quietly,
though enemy snipers in shell holes caused some trouble.
On
9th September the 164th Infantry Brigade, to which the
2nd/5th Battalion belonged, was ordered to co-operate in an attack
by the r6th (Irish) Division on Ginchy, by capturing Ale Alley and
Pint Trench, which lay to the north-west of that village, the former
running east and west, the latter north and south. The 2nd/5th
Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel
R.
W. Fox, was to
furnish the second and third waves of the brigade attack, "X"
(Lieutenant T. H. G. Kenderdine) and
"Y"
(Lieutenant S. Cooper)
Companies being allotted to the second wave and "W" (Lieutenant
A. Maw) and "Z" (Captain
N.
Hall) to the third. The plan involved
several difficulties, not least of which was the fact that one company
had to file into the trench occupied by another after the first wave