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"MARCH,
1918"
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Germans back with heavy casualties as the result of the good
control which he exercised; but he went forward himself and
captured a prisoner in order to secure an identification and collect
information. Company Serjeant-Major
R.
Maskell, 18th Battalion,
was of great value on this day in very gallantly visiting the platoon
which he was now commanding under heavy machine-gun fire and
putting new heart into his men. In the afternoon the village of
Buire was very heavily shelled, but no further attack reached
either the 17th or 18th Battalions. The shelling fortunately did not
seriously affect the few meagre comforts which units had been able
to find in Buire in the shape of food and wine from deserted houses
and hospital blankets of excellent quality from an evacuated
Casualty Clearing Station. The 17th Battalion for a time had its
headquarters in a derelict tank whose electric light system was still
in working order! On the evening of the 28th the brigade was
relieved, but on 30th March, the 18th Battalion took over part of
the outpost line at Buire, being however again relieved by
Australian troops that night. The brigade then withdrew to rest.
The decorations awarded to the 17th and 18th Battalions for these
operations were as follows :-
17TH BATTALION
Distinguished Seroice OrdM
Major C. E. Jewels, M.C.
Military Cross
Captain W. B. K. Glass.
Lieutenant H. G. Leaver.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major H. Colligan.
Serjeant F. Snow.
18TH BATTALION
Military Cross
Captain W. E. Rigby.
Lieutenant A. S. Maclver.
Second-Lieutenant S. Greeves.
Second-Lieutenant H.
Lewis.
Second-Lieutenant H. Redlearn.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major R. Maskell.
M i li tary Medal
Lance-Serjeant F. Eastham.
Private A. Ashby.
Private J . Boardman.
Private R. ]. Boynton.
Private A. Gukenbiehl.
Private A. Patton.
Private]. Smith.
Private]. Vii. Twist.
"FIRST SOMME, 1918,"
"FIRST
BAPAUME
1918,"
"FmST ARRAS, 1918"
1st/5th, 1st/7th and 1st/8th Battalions
The next units of the Regiment to take part in the battle were
the 12Sth (Lancashire Fusiliers) Infantry Brigade, consisting now
of the 1st/5th (Lieutenant-Colonel P. V. Holberton, Manchester
1ST/5TH,
Regiment), 1st/7th (Lieutenant-Colonel G. S. Brewis, D.S.O.,
1ST/7 TH
Welsh Regiment) and 1st/8th (Major M. G. Bird in temporary
IST;;:a
command) Battalions. They had for some months served in sectors
BNS.