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1918:
AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE
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bringing a machine gun into action. He then brought back in–
formation which enabled fire to be directed at the vital points of the
enemy's line and thus contributed most usefully to the stopping of
the attack.
But the battalion was not disposed to rest content with merely
arresting the enemy's progress. At about 7 p .m. Captain T.
Howarth, M.C., led some thirty men of "B" Company in an attempt
to dislodge two machine guns on the left of the battalion's front.
But although his leadership was skilful and he showed a fine
disregard of danger, the fire of German machine guns elsewhere was
too strong for him and the attempt had to be abandoned. At dusk
Private
J.
Cadman, of battalion headquarters, went out and,
observing two of the enemy isolated, brought them back as prisoners.
During the night the battalion re-formed behind the 9th Duke of
Wellington's Regiment, which had passed through the line at I a.m.
to continue the attack in the direction of Flers. As the 26th August
progressed, the German resistance stiffened once more, and in the
afternoon the 10th Battalion was ordered to try to pass through the
12th Manchester Regiment , which had attempted an outflanking
movement , but the only result was serious congestion in the forward
positions and no progress. After dark the battalion relieved the
Manchester in the line, and was later relieved itself. The approximate
casualties were I officer and So men killed, 4 officers and ISO men
wounded,
I
officer wounded and missing and 18 men missing. The
honours awarded were:-
Victoria CI'OSS
Serjeant H.
J.
Colley, M.M.
Bar to Milital'Y CI'OSS
Captain T. Howa rth, M.C.
Milital'Y CI'OSS
Second-Lieutenant L. G. Holgate.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Corporal G. Thomas.
Military Medal
Serjeant G. A. Batten.
Corporal W. Gledhill.
Private
J.
VV. Cadman.
Also taking part
in
this stage of the offensive were the Isth
15TH AND
(Lieutenant-Colonel C.
E.
R.
G. Alban, D.S.a., The King's Regiment)
10TH
and 16th (Major A. G. Macdonald,D.S.a., Royal Berkshire Regiment,
BNS.
in temporary command) Battalions. At 4-4S a.m. on 23rd August
the latter attacked, in company with Australian and other troops,
and succeeded
in
advancing their line some three hundred yards near
Lihons. Three companies were used and considerable opposition was
met on the right ; but it was eventually overcome, three prisoners
being taken together with seven machine guns and two light trench
mortars. Both battalions consolidated and held the line
in
readiness
for a further move forward a few days later. Private W. Fowler, of