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THIRD BATTLE OF YPRES-BATTLE OF CAMBRAI
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Minden Day was spenf in great discomfort in a position appro–
priately called Bilge Trench where, in spite of heavy rain, the
survivors wore roses on their helmets. On 2nd August they marched
back to the transport lines.
A message was received from Major-General H. S. Jeudwine, the
Divisional Commander: "Well done, 164. I am very proud of what
you did today.
It
was a fine performance and no fault of yours you
could not stay." On his way to hospital, Colonel Best-Dunkley sent
a message to General J eudwine saying he hoped he was not dis–
appointed. The General promptly sent a note to
him
in which he
said :-
"Disappointed ?-I should think not, indeed. I am more proud of ha\'ing
you and your Battalion under my command than anything that has ever
happened to me.
"It
was a magnificent fight, and your officers and men behaved splendidly.
fighting with their heads as well as with the most superb pluck and
determination.
"The 31st July should for
all
time be remembered by your Battalion and
Regiment and observed with more reverence even than Minden Day.
It
was
no garden of roses that you fought in. . . ."
Lieutenant-Colonel Bertram Best-Dunkley died of his wounds on
7th August and was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, the
second (but not the last) to be won by this Second-Line Territorial
battalion. Other decorations awarded were the Military Cross to
Captain
J.
R. Bodington, Lieutenant J. Agnew, Second-Lieutenant
P. C. Humfrey (the Transport Officer, who led one hundred pack
mules loaded with bombs and ammunition through heavy fire
in
order
to replenish the battalion's stock at a critical moment), Second–
Lieutenant H. Beesley and the Reverend
R.
E. G. Newman, who had
exposed himself fearlessly in his efforts to cheer the troops and
minister to the wounded; the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the
Orderly Room Serjeant, Serjeant F. Haworth, and to Lance-Corporal
E.
Lawson; and Military Medals to Serjeants R. C. Baldwin and F.
Hudson, Lance-Serjeant A. Olive, Corporal E. Fox, Lance-Corporal
J.
Turner and Privates A. Baron, C. Daynes, E. Fitzpatrick,
J.
Rothwell, W. Rouse and
R.
Turner.
The IIth Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel E. C. de R. Martin, M.C.)
1 [TB
BN.
also qualified for the battle honour "Pilckem," given for the action
which began on 31st July, by being
in
reserve at Ypres.
THE ATTACK ON WESTHOEK RIDGE
11th Battalion
It
was, however, soon to take a more active part in the operations·
lITH BN.
On the evening of 5th August it moved from Ypres and took over a
sector of the line on the ridge to the north of Westhoek and close to
the Ypres-Roulers railway. The march was delayed by heavy enemy
shelling which caused the death of the twenty-year-old adjutant,
Captain W.
I.
Edwards, who had won the Military Cross at the