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1918: AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE
almost at the same time about a hundred Germans attacked from
behind the left of the company, rescued the prisoners and captured
their escort. Hamilton's party was by now almost surrounded; yet
he attacked the enemy's right flank and fought his way back to the
first objective, helped by fire organized by the Commanding Officer,
Lieutenant-Colonel
R.
E. Cotton, who had come forward and now
took control of the situation. By 8 a.m. a
firm
line had been organ–
ized in Heather Support Trench with "D" Company on the right,
two platoons of the 9th Duke of Wellington's Regiment and
itA"
and "C" Companies with the majority of "B" Company in the
centre, and a platoon of the latter on the left. Soon after, the
Germans began to counter-attack down the Gouzeaucourt-Fins
road, taking Heather Support Trench in flank. They reached
the trench but were quickly bombed out of it and completely held up.
The line was consolidated in spite of frequent sniping and occasional
bursts of shell fire throughout the day. The battalion was relieved
that night and moved to the north of Equancourt, having lost during
the day 12 men killed,
2
officers and 62 other ranks wounded and 14
men missing. The decorations awarded were:-
Distinguished Service Order
Lieutenant-Colonel
R.
E . Cotton.
Military Cross
Captain
L.
H . Gibbs.
Second-Lieutenant]. M. Hamilton.
Second-Lieutenant W. Davidson.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Corporal A. C. Liddamore.
Bar
to
Military Medal
Company Serjeant-Major T. Pearson, M.M.
Military Medal
Private D. Robertson.
Private G. G. Williams.
PRESSURE CONTINUES IN THE NORTH
1st, 2nd/5th, 17th and 18th Battalions
In the meanwhile the German withdrawal in the Lys valley
which has been mentioned earlier was being closely followed. Since
the capture of the Givenchy craters on 24th August , the 2nd/5th
2ND/5 TH
Battalion (Major ]. H. Evans, M.C., 1st/4th King's Own Royal
BN.
Lancaster Regiment, in temporary command while Lieutenant–
Colonel G. S. Brighten, D.S.O., commanded the 164th Infantry
Brigade) had taken every opportunity to push forward its patrols
and to consolidate any ground which they were able to occupy.
Even so the enemy was by no means disposed to let his positions go
entirely by default and on 5th September he counter-attacked a
post which the battalion had established in a trench known as
"Canteleux Alley South," two thousand yards east of Givenchy.
The attempt was unsuccessful and the attackers lost heavily. On
6th September "B" (Captain
L.
A. Wilson) and "D" (Captain
J.
R.