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CHAPTER XV
1918 (Continued). AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE.
"AMIENS," "SECOND SOMME, J918," "ALBERT,
1918,"
"SECOND BAPAUME.
1918,"
"SECOND ARRAS, 1918," "DROCOURT·QUEANT," "IUNDENBURG LINE," "EPEHY,"
"CANAL DU NORD," "YPRES, 1918," "ST. QUENTlN CANAL," "CAMBRAI, 1918,"
" COURTRAI," "SELLE," "SAMBRE"
(Maps
I,
3
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9)
1st, 2nd, 1st/5th, 2nd /5th, 6th, 1st/7th, 1st/8th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th,
19th and 23rd Battalions
CURTAIN RAISERS
THE Regiment always celebrates Minden Day in some robust way
and this custom was observed in I9I8. The I7th Battalion
17TH BN .
(Lieutenant-Colonel F. ]. F. Crook, D.S.O.) marked the occasion by
a silent raid on the German lines near Locre. Without any artillery
or trench-mortar fire to cover them, Second-Lieutenants ]. Worth-
ington and W. D. Stott advanced with two platoons of "W"
Company. Stotf's party reached its objective, entered the enemy's
trench and attacked a post. A prisoner was taken, the rest of the
garrison beating a hasty retreat; but neighbouring parties quickly
counter-attacked and Stott was compelled to order a withdrawal,
during which the prisoner escaped. The other platoon was even less
fortunate: it was seen just as it was about to attack its objective
and subjected to such heavy machine-gun fire that it had to retire
without achieving its task.
The 2nd Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel H. A. Kirkby, D.S.O.)
2ND BN .
was enjoying a rest at L'Ecleme, two and a half miles east of Lillers,
on 1st August and was able to carry out the traditional Trooping of
the Colour, the salute being taken by Brigadier-General T. S. H.
Wade, D.S.O:, a senior member of the Regiment who was then
commanding the nearby rrth Infantry Brigade. Two days later the
battalion went back to the line at Pacaut Wood (which had been its
sector throughout the summer), relieving the Ist Rifle Brigade, who
reported that there were indications of an impending German
withdrawal opposite them. Companies were warned accordingly and
instructed to carry out active patrolling. Strong patrols sent out on
the night of 4th/5th August found the German front line un–
occupied; but the enemy showed that he had not entirely dis–
appeared by heavily bombarding "B" Company (Captain T. H.
Robinson) and the neighbouring battalion on the morning of 5th
August and attempting to raid some of the latter's posts. At dusk
the same day patrols of "C" Company (Captain A. D. Macdonald,
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