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1918:
AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE
launched at 7 p.m. by "A" Company (Second-Lieutenant
J.
Riley)
and "C" Company, in which the latter succeeded in gaining a
foothold in Neuville Bourjonval. At dawn on 5th September "B"
Company pushed posts forward and "A" Company established posts
in the village in front of "C" Company. Heavy shelling continued
and elements of the enemy clung to some trenches east of Neuville.
liD" Company of the 1st/7th Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel G. S.
rST/7TH
Brewis, D.S.O.) was therefore ordered to clear the Germans out of
BN.
this position. Forming up in the main street of the village at
4.30 p.m., it advanced at 5.30 p.m. behind a creeping barrage.
Second-Lieutenant
C.
M. Pearson led two platoons with great
determination, capturing two machine guns with two officers and
thirty men; while Lieutenant A. F. Worden led his platoon to the
capture of three machine-gun nests with seventy prisoners and
eight machine guns. Three platoons of the company were soon held
up by enfilading machine-gun fire; but the fourth managed to reach
its objective, thanks largely to the courage and dash of Serjeant
J.
A. Smith, Lance-Serjeant M. Pinder and Lance-Corporals H.
Boardman and T. Prince, who rushed machine-gun posts in spite of
the superior numbers and weight of fire facing them. The enemy
then tried to send a large party round Worden's
flank;
but he
formed a defensive front and drove them off, inflicting heavy
casualties on them, including some to his own account. Boardman's
Lewis-gun section was at one time surrounded by large numbers of
the enemy; but he handled his gun so promptly and skilfully that
he dispersed them. Pearson, too, took a part
in
this stage of the
action: although his platoon was now only five strong, he succeeded
in getting in touch with the troops on his right and in capturing yet
another machine-gun nest. The decorations awarded for this spirited
action by the 1st/7th included :-
Military Cross
Lieutenant A. F. Worden.
Second-Lieutenant C. M. Pearson.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Serjeant
J.
A. Smith.
Lance-Serjeant M. Pinder.
Lance-Corporal H. Boardman.
Lance-Corporal T. Prince.
Military Medal
Lance-Corporal S. Brierley.
Lance-Corporal B. Taylor.
Lance-Corporal E. Watson.
Private
J.
H.
Ball.
Private F. Edmunds.
Private
J.
W. Mann.
The brigade was relieved that night and moved back to Pys,
where it enjoyed a rest of three weeks in corps reserve.
The 10th Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel
R.
E.
Cotton) took up
10TH BN.
the running only a short distance to the south of where the 125th
Brigade had halted. After a few days' rest, from its exertions on 3rd
September, it marched forward on 6th September to take over a
reserve position south of Ytres. At dawn on 7th September it
moved on with orders to "mop up" Dessart Wood, north-east of
Fins. Patrols found the wood empty of Germans but full of gas and
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