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1918:
AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE
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of many of these prisoners. Another skilful platoon commander
was Serjeant
J. J.
Nickson, who personally led his men on with the
bayonet and killed or captured a number of the enemy. Corporal
J.
Dolan made the objective secure by turning his Lewis gun on to a
German post which he noticed on his right flank where the attack
had been pushed home, and then personally leading a bombing
attack which drove off the garrison and captured the gun.
From the excellent line thus obtained, troops of other formations
continued the operations later on 23rd; and the 1st/7th Battalion
and the two attached companies of the 1st/8th were squeezed out of
the line and withdrew to the neighbourhood of Hebuterne, the
remainder of the brigade moving to the same area on 24th August.
The casualties of the 1st/7th and 1st/8th during this operation are
not recorded, but the Ist/sth lost I officer and 20 other ranks killed,
I
officer and 66 other ranks wounded, and 8 men missing. The
decorations awarded were :-
Victoria Ct'oss
Lance-Serjeant E. Smith, 1st/5th.
Bar to Military Cross
Captain A. W. Haywood, M.C., 1st/8th. Lieutenant W. J. O'Bryen, M.C., 1st/7th.
Military Cross
Lieutenant H . T. A. Ripperger, 1st/7th. Second-Lieutenant F. H. Topham, 1st/8th.
Bat'
to
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major
J.
Fisher, D.C.M., M.M., 1st/5th.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major F .
J.
Carless, 1st/5th. Serjeant J. Lea, 1st/5th.
Serjeant J. J . Nickson, 1st/8th.
Corporal J. Dolan, 1st/8th.
Corporal C. Greenhalgh, 1st/5th.
Private F. Hewson, 1st/5th.
Military Medal
Serjeant H . Cawley, 1st/5th.
Serjeant A. Garlick, 1st/7th.
Corporal T. H . Drage, 1st/8th.
Lance-Corporal T. Oliver, 1st/8th.
Private F. Evans, Istl7th.
Private F. Haigh, 1st/8th.
Private H. Jackson, 1st/8th.
Private J. Pickerill, 1st/7th.
Private W. Spedding, 1st/8th.
Immediately after the events just described, a development of
the success achieved resulted in the winning of another Victoria
Cross, the Regiment's fifteenth in the war. The Ioth Battalion
10TH BN.
(Lieutenant-Colonel
R.
E.
Cotton), which for some weeks had been
in
and near Aveluy Wood, was
in
reserve near Acheux on 23rd
August when it received orders to move forward to its old trenches
facing the River Ancre. During that night the Germans began to
retire and the battalion moved forward early on the 24th, crossing
the Ancre by a much-damaged causeway over the marshy ground
on both sides of the stream, which had to be waded. The advance
was continued, behind the IOth West Yorkshire Regiment, to the
high ground north of Thiepval. In the afternoon the battalion was
ordered to continue its advance towards Courcelette. Owing to
some loss of direction by other units, the leading companies of the