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THIRD BATTLE OF YPRES-BATTLE OF CAMBRAI
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Serjeants H. C. Bolton, M.M., and
E.
Brockelbank, of the 20th
Battalion, did sterling work in bringing in wounded. Bolton made
numerous journeys under fire; and Brockelbank carried several
men in on his back through a heavy barrage. Private O. C. Williams,
a battalion headquarter runner of the I7th, also did fine work in
getting through with his messages.
At last, at midnight on the 23rd, the majority of the brigade was
released from its ordeal, its place being taken by the I7th Royal
Scots, and made its way back to Baboon Camp on the banks of the
Yser Canal near Pilckem. But so exhausted were some of the men
after their exposure to wet and cold that it was with difficulty that
they could leave the line, and it was not until 5 a.m. on 24th that
all of the I7th and I8th reached their destination. The 20th Battalion
was not so fortunate, as it was not until the following night that it
was relieved and enabled to join its sister battalions. The losses of
the three battalions had been as follows :-
18th Bn.
2ot.h Bn.
17th Bn.
Off. O.R
Off. O.R
Off. O.R
Killed
...
4
3 2
3
27
Wounded
8
14 2
7
174
Missing ...
5
4 2
The decorations awarded included the following:-
ITfH
BATTALION
Bar to Military Cross
Captain R S. Heape, M.C;
Military Medal
Lance-Serjeant F. Tetlow.
Private L. G. Briers.
Private O. C. Williams .
Private T. Woods .
18TH BATTALION
Military Cross
Lieutenant A. P. Draper, RA.M.C.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lance-Corporal
J.
A. Uttley.
Military Medal
Serjeant H . Beetham.
Serjeant H. Stedman.
27
5
168
12
Corporal H . W. WaIdron.
Lance-Corporal W. H. Fitton.
Private
J.
W . Morris.
20TH BATTALION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major R Moyse.
Lance-Corporal W. Grundy, M.M.
Bar to Military Medal
Serjeant H. C. Bolton, M.M.
Military Medal
Serjeant E. Brockelbank.
Serjeant
J.
Curran.
Private A. Guest.