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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
1914-1918
the war. Captain
R.
Downes was awarded a bar to his Military
Cross. The latter decoration was also awarded to Lieutenants
T. H. Roughton, S. H. Winterbottom and
R.
Wilson (the latter for
valuable work as brigade transport officer in leading forward a
convoy of pack mules with ammunition badly needed by the reserve
battalion and, when he found the only crossing over the Stroombeek
considered feasible to be no longer passable, risking another place,
in full view of the enemy, by which he led his animals through
heavy shelling to their destination) and Second-Lieutenant B. W.
Addison. Serjeant W. Brain received a bar to his Distinguished
Conduct Medal, the latter being awarded to Company Serjeant-Major
C.
Murphy, Serjeants F. Diver and W. Isherwood and Lance- Corporal
T. O'Sullivan. Military Medals were granted to the following :-
Serjeant T. Blomeley.
Serjeant T. Gore.
Serjeant G. H. McDowell.
Corporal T. Banks.
Corporal W. Fells.
Lance-Corporal
J.
E. Alker.
Lance-Corporal A. Thomas.
Private
R.
Alien.
Private F. W . Banner.
P rivate E . L. Boyd .
P rivate D. Broatch.
Private
L.
Cairns.
Private
L.
Cundy.
Private T. C. Fisher.
Private
J.
D. McArdle.
Private W. McGloughlin.
Private
J.
Morris.
Private W . Reid.
Private R. Rowell.
Private T . Virgo.
Serjeant \V. Brett.
Serjeant E. Ingham.
Serjeant ]. Pennington.
Corporal
J.
E. Edwards.
Corporal
J.
Grundy.
Lance-Corporal T. Davies.
Private
R.
Abbott.
Private G. Ball.
Private E. Bentley.
Private T. Bramhill.
Private C. H. Buzzard.
Private
J.
E. Chatburn.
Private H. Fisher.
Private T. Harvey.
Private
J.
McGillivray.
Private W. Morgan.
Private F. O'Sullivan.
Private W. RGlbins.
Private H. Taylor.
Private
J.
T. Worsley.
Private S. Yates.
The battalion's losses were 2 fficers and 26 other ranks killed,
8 officers and 138 other ranks wounded and 13 men missing.
2ND BN.
It
is now time to follow the fortunes of the 2nd Battalion (Major
J.
W. Watkins) on the immediate right of the 1st Battalion. From
1st to 5th October the battalion was at Roussel Farm, Elverdinghe ;
and on three of those days, seven officers and
all
available men had
to march six miles to the forward area, work till midnight or later in
preparation for the impending attack and march six miles back
again to their camp. On 5th October, the battalion moved to Wolfe
Camp, also near Elverdinghe, where a
draft
of 100 N.C.Os. and men
joined. This brought the total strength to 34 officers and 924 other
ranks, of whom 21 officers and 480 other ranks went up to the line
on 7th October, while 3 officers and 107 N.C.Os. and men stayed in
the transport lines as "battle reserve." The remainder were on
leave (20), in hospital (38), on courses (18), attached to a field
ambulance as stretcher-bearers
(IS),
employed with an engineer
working party (26), or detached for duty with such varied units and
officers as the divisional canteen, the XIVth Corps Burial Officer,
the divisional band, nth and 12th Infantry Brigade Headquarters