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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, 1914-1918
cut off, but when
all
his bombs had gone he skilfully got it away,
being the last to leave the wood and only just escaping. The final
stage of the withdrawal was perhaps the most difficult, for three
hundred yards of open ground, swept by machine-gun fire from the
south, had to be crossed in full view of the enemy. By
I
p.m. the
original line had been reoccupied. Both battalions had to endure
heavy shelling with much gas till dark, when they were relieved and
moved back to Hedauville. The 17th's casualties had been 17 men
killed, 5 officers and 64 men wounded, and 13 men missing; in the
18th the losses had been more severe-2 officers and 18 other ranks
killed, 7 officers and 144 rank and file wounded and
I
officer and
48 men missing. The Army, Corps and Divisional Commanders all
praised the troops for their excellent behaviour and expressed the
view that they had given more than they got. The honours awarded
included :-
Distinguished Service Order
Second-Lieutenant P. McGiveney, 17th Battalion.
Bar
to
Military Cross
Captain F.
J.
Butler, M.C., 18th Battalion.
Second-Lieutenant S. Greeves, M.C., 18th Battalion.
Military Cross
Captain C. S. Atkinson, 17th Battalion.
Second-Lieutenant
R.
S. Bauld, 18th Battalion.
Lieutenant F.
R.
Halliwell, 18th Battalion.
Second-Lieutenant
R.
H . Turnbull, 18th Battalion.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lance-Corporal
J.
Muldowney, M.M., 17th Battalion.
Private A. H . Bird, 18th Battalion.
Military Medal
Serjeant P. Halliwell, 18th Battalion.
Serjeant
J.
Nicklin, 18th Battalion.
Serje.mt G. Royle, 18th Battalion.
Serjeant W. Shepherd, 18th Battalion.
Serjeant H . Warn, 18th Battalion.
Private G. BJewitt, 18th Battalion.
Private G. BurneJl, 18th Battalion.
Private
J.
Eccleston, 18th Battalion.
Private
R.
F . Nightingale, 18th Battalion. Private G. F . Taylor, 18th Battalion.
In addition, Private T. W. Sholicar, of the 17th Battalion, was
awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on the occasion of the
King's Birthday for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty
over a period of two years, including valuable services on patrol, for
which he was always the first to volunteer.
RAIDS AND COUNTER-RAIDS
2nd/5th. 10th. 15th and 16th Battalions
The end of May, 1918, found the great German effort exhausted,
without having achieved its object, and the Allies nursing their many
wounds and preparing for the riposte. But, as always, complete calm
was not allowed to prevail and both sides delivered frequent raids in
June and July to see what mischief their immediate opponents
were about.