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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, I9I4-I9I8
machine-gun fire and accurate sniping and brought back very
valuable information as to the situation. When night came, Com–
pany Serjeant-Major T. Dalton took forward a platoon of "A" Com–
pany and, with Riley's help, established a new line across the gap.
The operation was not easy as the Germans kept up a steady fire ; but
Dalton put his men out into posts of three or four men each in shell
holes at intervals of
thirty
yards and took command of this part of
the line until the battalion was relieved. As soon as Dalton's party
was in position, Lilley was ordered to withdraw "D" Company,
which he successfully did though he himself stumbled on to a
German machine-gun post and was seen to fall wounded. The
battalion should have been relieved that night, but this was
impossible owing to the adjustments which have just been described.
The next day was quiet except for an unsuccessful German counter–
attack on the 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment and for heavy
sniping which increased the 2nd Battalion's casualties. That night
Riley and an officer of the Royal Engineers laid out a tape along the
position occupied by Dalton's party; and the 2nd Seaforth High–
landers dug themselves in on it and then relieved the battalion,
which marched back, very tired, to Gonnehem. Throughout the
tour in the line, the signallers had done excellent work in keeping
telephone lines repaired in spite of heavy shelling, and they, the
runners (gallant as always) and the stretcher-bearers were not
forgotten when rewards were given. The battalion lost 3 officers and
48 other ranks killed, 3 officers and I20 other ranks wounded, and I
officer and 58 other ranks missing.
It
had captured forty prisoners
and two light machine guns. The honours awarded to the battalion
were as follows :-
Military Cross
Captain S.
H.
Adams, U.S.M.R.C.
Second-Lieutenant
W. H.
Riley.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major T. Dalton.
Serjeant S. Brown.
Lance-Corporal
F.
Sherliker.
Private
J
ones.
Military Medal
Lance-Corporal
H. R.
Powell.
Private J. Davidson.
Private D. Lanigan.
Private
J.
Potts.
THE Loss OF MOUNT KEMMEL
"LYS," "SECOND KEMMEL"
11
th
and 19th
Battalions
In response to urgent appeals, the French had at length taken
over about six miles of the front from Bailleul to near Wytschaete.
19TH
BN.
The Kemmel Defence Force, which included the I9th Lancashire
Fusiliers (Lieutenant-Colonel
J.
Arnbrose Smith), had, however,
been left on the slopes of Mount Kemrnel to belp in the strengthen–
ing of defences. On 22nd, 23rd and 24th April the battalion was