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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
I9I4-I9I8
took out four men in broad daylight, stalked an enemy post and
brought back two Germans. He was awarded the Military Cross.
Somewhat out of place under the heading of "Raids," but
perhaps worth recording none the less, is the entry in the War
2ND/8TH
Diary of the 2nd/8th Battalion (which, as previously noted, was
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engaged in training Americans) under the date I9th July, I9I8, that
Company Serjeant-Major W. Hedges had left the battalion that day
for England on his way to the United States of America as a trench–
mortar instructor.
An
action which was also not a raid but should be mentioned
2ND/5TH
was that of Second-Lieutenant C. V. Broadbent, of the 2nd/5th
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Battalion (Captain
K.
T. Blarney, M.C., in temporary command)
on the night of 27th/28th July. He was in command of a wiring
party near Givenchy which worked under heavy machine-gun fire.
On returning to the British trench, he found that one man was
missing. Three times he went back under heavy fire to search for
him. Finally he came upon him, severely wounded. He carried him
back to our trenches where the man died a few minutes later. This
inspiring example of bravery and care for his men was rewarded with
the Military Cross.
The same battalion (Major P. S. Cookson in temporary command)
launched a daylight raid near Givenchy on the afternoon of 30th
July under Second-Lieutenant
B.
G. Butlin, who volunteered for the
duty. Careful previous reconnaissance had located an enemy post,
which he and a small party rushed, shooting the sentry and bringing
back as prisoner another man who was found asleep in a dug-out
and was later described as being "extremely stupid." Butlin was
awarded the Military Cross.