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5.30 to 6.30 a.m. and signs of movement opposite Schuler Galleries
which were dealt with eventually by the artillery. The 23rd likewise
opened with a bombardment from 6 to 7 a.m. and again at 9 a.m.,
the latter covering a German counter-attack on units to t he left.
During the afternoon preparations were made for handing over t he
line. The battalion intelligence officer, Second-Lieutenant J. B.
Lupton, spent much time in sorting out, and making lists of, various
stores at battalion headquarters, which he placed neatly in appro–
priate dumps. At 5 p.m. the Germans put down a barrage on the
whole area which lasted till 8.30 p.m. and which was described by
experienced soldiers as terrific and the worst they had ever
experienced. The effect of it on the dumps can be imagined; but a
week later a letter was received through the usual channels from the
relieving division complaining that they had been left in a very
untidy condition! At 9 p.m. the relief began; by II.30 p.m. all the
troops were clear; and shortly after midnight they were taken by
light railway from St. Jean to the vicinity of a rest camp near
Watou. The battalion had gone into the line with 22 officers and
572 other ranks ; it had lost 7 officers and 33 other ranks killed, 8
officers (including the medical officer and chaplain) and 218 other
ranks wounded, and
officer and 80 other ranks missing. Lieutenant–
Colonel G. S. Brighten was awarded the Distinguished Service Order;
the Military Cross was given to Captain]. C. Latter, Captain H.
Whitaker, R.A.M.C., and to Second-Lieutenants
M. Barlow,
B. E . Cridland and A. H. G. Griggs; while Serjeant J. Donovan,
Corporals R. J. Haworth and
Middleton, Lance-Corporals
Harrison and J. T. Topping, and Privates]. Bracegirdle, H. Jones
and G. Owen received the Military Medal.
The 1st Battalion also qualified for the battle honour "Menin
Road," as the 29th Division was in reserve and the battalion was at
Elverdinghe within the prescribed area.
By way of farewell to the peaceful southern sector in which they
had been stationed so long, before being drawn into the vortex of the
fighting at Ypres, the 17th (Lieutenant-Colonel
J .
D.S.O.) and 18th (Lieutenant-Colonel R. A. Irvine, C.M.G., D.S.O.)
Battalions carried out a raid near Lempire on the night of 24th/25th
September, with the object of obtaining identifications and prisoners.
During the afternoon of
24th the artillery fired on the German
wire in front of Willow Trench and Knoll Trench. At 10.35 p.m.
under cover of a heavy artillery and trench-mortar barrage on the
enemy's front-line and support trenches, the raiding parties of the
two battalions set out.
F. L.
Wainwright led Lieutenant]. A. Wallis and 46
N.C.Os. and men of "Z" Company of the 17th Battalion towards
Willow Trench. When he reached the German wire he found that
it had been repaired after the afternoon's shelling. He therefore