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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, 1914-1918
craters, with entire lack of success, largely because the eastern lip
of the crater commanded a
full
view of the country as far as La
Bassee-a striking proof of the value of the operation. Here again
Forster showed great coolness. Throughout the day the Gennan
artillery kept up considerable harassing fire. At one stage Second–
Lieutenant G. Walsh and some of his men were buried by the burst
of a shell. He managed to extricate himself and then worked
feverishly for twenty-five minutes under shell fire digging out his
men. There were, however, no further attacks; and the 2nd/5th
was relieved on 27th August and went to Vaudricourt, after
noticing significant fires and explosions behind the German lines
which were rightly interpreted as indications of a forthcoming
retirement. The battalion's casualties in this operation were
II
N.C.Os. and men killed,
I
officer and 41 other ranks wounded, and
2 men missing. The gratification of the authorities at the skill with
which the attack had been made was shown by congratulatory
messages from the Divisional and Corps Commanders, stressing the
good work of junior leaders, and by the generous award of honours
which were as follows :-
Bar to Military Cross
Second-Lieutenant W. Forster. M.C.
Military Cross
Second-Lieutenant F. Bolton.
Second-Lieutenant G. Walsh.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Corporal D. E. Byrom.
Corporal
J.
C.
J
ohnson.
Lance-Corporal C. E. Gwilt.
Lance-Corporal
J.
Lumb.
Bar to Military Medal
Lance-Corporal F. Fitzpatrick, M.M.
Military Medal
Serjeant C. Greenwood.
Serjeant
J.
Tranter.
Serjeant K. Wilkinson.
Serjeant
J.
Williams.
Lance-Corporal
J .
Bolton.
Lance-Corporal A. Harrison.
Lance-Corporal
J .
H. Oakley.
Lance-Corporal G. Price.
Lance-Corporal
J.
Worrall.
Private G. Boniface.
Private W. Moore.
Private S. Sirnms.
Private W. G. Stubbs.
Private F. E. Turner.
Private
J .
E.
Waterhouse.
Private G. Weightman.
Private
R.
Whatmough.
THE ADVANCE BEGINS IN THE NORTH
1st and 23rd Battalions
The signs of an impending German withdrawal, referred to a
little earlier, had been multiplying in all parts of Flanders. The
strain on the enemy's reserves caused by the successful Allied attacks
in the south had made some shortening of his lines necessary; and
towards the end of August the evacuation of the Lys salient, between
JST BN.
La Bassee and Ypres, was in full flow. On 30th August the 1st
Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel F. S. Modera, D.S.O., M.C.), in the
line at Strazeele, was able to push forward patrols from "B" and