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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIE RS,
1914-1918
be
"dealt with" while trying to break away. The bombers found a
gap in the enemy wire, jumped into the German trench and worked
along to the left. They came to a dug-out under construction, with
only one shaft, at the bottom of which was a group of eight men. As
they refused to come up and opened fire, the corporal in command
of the bombing squad fired a few shots which proved ineffectual;
and he therefore ordered Mills and phosphorus bombs to be thrown
down on the scale of one for each man. No further trouble was
experienced in that quarter. This party brought back a kind of
body-shield as its booty, and claimed to have killed about twenty of
the enemy.
Second-Lieutenant F.
J.
Butler was awarded the Military Cross
for his gallantry and good leadership; and :Military Medals were
awarded to Corporal P. Slamon, Lance-Corporal W. Grundy and
Privates S. Price and
J.
Govier. The only casualty was one man
wounded.
I7TH BN .
The 17th Battalion supported this raid by sending out a patrol
of
2
officers and
25
men, under cover of a light artillery barrage, to
bomb Hawk Trench, near Ossus and about six hundred yards north
of the 20th Battalion's raid. A number of casualties were inflicted
at a cost to the patrol of four men wounded.