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"MARCH,
I9I8"
Distinguished Conduct M edal
Company Serjeant-Major F. W. Calvert, Company Serjeant-Major
J.
Fisher, M.M.,
1st/5th.
1st/5th .
Company Serjeant-Major V,-. F letcher, Company Serjeant-Major C. W. Hall,
1st/8th.
1st/7t h.
Company Serjeant-Major
R.
Shaw,
Serjeant G. H. Bam es, 1st/5th.
1st/8th.
Serjeant
J.
G. Ellis, Istl7th.
Serjeant
J.
L.
Kneale, 1st/8th.
Serjeant
J.
Rowen, 1st/5th.
Serjeant
J.
Taylor, 1st/5th.
Corporal
R.
Cowell, 1st/8th.
Lance-Corpor al E . Frimstone, 1st/7th.
Private
J.
Camey, 1st/5th.
Private T . T. P etrie, Ist l7th.
Private F. West, 1st/8th.
Military Medal
Serjeant
J.
Appleton, Istl7th.
Serjeant T. Broe, 1st/7th.
Serjeant W . Morris, 1st /8th.
Serjeant
J.
Richmond, 1st /8th.
Corpora l F. Smethurst, 1st/5t h.
Corporal C. Weilding, 1st / 7th.
Lance-Corporal H. Blackburn, 1st/5th.
Lance-Corporal H. Drinkwater, 1st/8th.
Private
J .
Berry, 1st/7th.
Private
J.
Blornley, 1st/7th.
Private T . Carter, 1st/8th.
Private
J.
Clarke, 1st/5th.
Private
J.
Dimmock, 1st/5th.
P rivate G. Heardley, 1st/7th.
Private H . Holman, 1st /7th.
Private G. Hull, 1st/7th .
Private W. Linsey, 1st/ 5th.
Private A. l\1oore, Ist/7th.
Private A. Morris, 1st/5th.
Private A. Peover, 1st/8th.
Privat e F. Robinson, 1st/8th.
Private W. Rogers, 1st/7th .
Private H. Welden, 1st/7th.
A Magnificent Stand
SECOND-LIEUTENANT
B. M.
CASSIDY'S V.C.
"FIRST SOMME, 1918" "FIRST ARRAS, 1918,"
2nd Battalion
Although the 2nd Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel
J.
W. Watkins,
2ND
BN.
M.C.) was almost the last battalion of the Regiment, in point
of time, to be drawn into the struggle of March, I9I8, it was by no
means last in what it did, in the gallantry which it displayed, or
in the renown which it earned.
The battalion had been in the Arras district, which it knew so
well, for some months. After several weeks of rest and training, it
moved to billets in Arras on nth March, I9I8 ; and thence on I9th
March to a position in brigade reserve at St. Laurent Blangy, "D"
Company (Captain G. N. Stange) being placed farther farward in
Lemon Trench, north of Fampoux. Five days later the battalion
moved into the support positions which it was to hold so gallantly
on 28th and 29th March. The lines formed a cross of which the arms
ran north-east to south-west and south-east to north-west, the
intersection being about I,250 yards north of Fampoux. The
north-east-south-west arm consisted of Civil Avenue and Humid
Trench (held by "A" Company under Second-Lieutenant B. M.
Cassidy), Harry Trench and Hussar Trench (held by "D" Company)
and Hudson Alley (held by part of "B" Company under Second–
Lieutenant A. Howarth) . The other arms consisted of Hyderabad
Trench (held by the remainder of "B" Company) and of Trent
Trench (held by
"c"
Company under Captain T. H. Robinson).