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THE GERMAN ATTACKS IN THE NORTH AND ON THE AISNE
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their line. Here again Blarney showed fine initiative and powers of
command, and helped to make many captures. The Windy Corner
area was finally cleared; and soon after, a successful counter-attack
by the brigade on the left resulted in large numbers of the enemy
being driven down to that spot, where the 2nd/5th did much
execution. Second-Lieutenant C.
L.
Chorley behaved very gallantly
during this clearing process, killing or capturing several German
posts. On one occasion, when leading eight men up a communication
trench, he met two machine-gunners who had their guns trained
down it; but he forced them to surrender and sent down both them
and their guns. Perhaps the most remarkable incident was that in
which Private W. Lord, a battalion runner, was involved. While he
was returning from the front line after dark by himself, he was held
up by fifteen of the enemy with a machine
gun.
They ordered
him
to lead them to the front line. He signalled to them to follow
him,
which they did under the impression that he was doing as he had
been ordered. Instead, he led them down the communication
trench to battalion headquarters, where he coolly handed them over.
By 2 a .m. on loth April, the whole brigade sector had been
finally cleared of the enemy and the line restored to its original
position. The overwhelming German attack had completely failed .
The battalion's casualties had been 3 officers and 28 other ranks
killed, 3 officers and 84 other ranks wounded, the Medical Officer
taken prisoner and 25 other ranks missing. The decorations awarded
were ;-
Victoria Cross
Second-Lieutenant J. Schofield.
Bay to the Distinguished Service Ordel'
Lieutenant-Colonel G. S. Brighten, D.S.O.
Bay
to
the Milital'Y
CI'OSS
Captain
K.
T. Blarney, M.C.
Captain J.
R.
Bodington, M.C.
The Reverend
R.
E. G. Newman, M.C.
Milital'y
CI'OSS
Second-Lieutenant C. L. Chorley.
Second-Lieutenant D. MarshaU.
Second-Lieutenant
R.
S. Mowle.
Second-Lieutenant W. E. Rider.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major T . T. Chadwick. Lance-Corporal C. Old.
Private G. E . Brookes.
Private W. Lord.
Private C. McGill.
Private H. Wareing.
Bar to the Milital'Y Medal
Serjeant J. Donovan, M.M.
Corporal F. Palmer, M.M.
Military Medal
Company Serjeant-Major J. Dixon.
Corporal J . W. Barnes.
Corporal E. Forrest.
Corporal W. Jenkinson.
Corporal J. Street.
Lance-Corporal C. Du\Iin.
Lance-Corporal F. Fitzpatrick.
Lance-Corporal J . A. Hudson.
Private D. Brookes.
Private T. Brown.
Private B. Clegg.
Private B. Davies.
Private H. F. Follett.
Private J . W. Gregson.
Private J. H . Grice.
Private W. Hampson .
Private R. G. Hillman.
Private E. Jackson.
Private H. S. Malone.
Private J. E. Moxon.
Private M. Robinson.
Private R. Taylor.
Private C. M. Terry.
Private G. Terry.
Private S. Waldram.
Private F. W . Weatherhead.