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1918: AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE
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with the same result. A position was consolidated to the south of
Zillebeke, the battalion having advanced about 1,500 yards on a
front of 2,000 yards and captured nearly thirty prisoners, with one
heavy and one light machine gun. The casualties were slight,
though consolidation was hampered by shelling during which Bauld
walked from post to post encouraging his men in their work. The
honours awarded for this action included :-
Bar
10
j}fililary Cross
Second-Lieutenant R. S. Bauld, M.C.
Military Cross
Second-Lieutenant
J. J.
Rewcastle.
Second-Lieutenant D. D. Rutherford .
Military Medal
Serjeant T. Hubbard.
Lance-Serjeant R . W. Temple.
Lance-Serjeant W.
J.
Woodhall.
Corporal
J .
Airey.
Private
E. E.
Collishaw.
Private
G.
Hoare.
Private W .
J.
Roberts.
THE RINDENBURG LINE AGAIN
16th
Battalion
Nearly eighteen months after its pursuit of the Germans to the
16TH BM.
Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, the 16th Battalion (Major
A. G. Macdonald, D.S.O., in temporary command) found itself once
more fighting at Rolnon Wood, four miles west-north-west of St .
Quentin. As before, the Germans were fighting rear-guard actions
to keep the Allies away from the Rindenburg Line till it had been
securely occupied. But whereas, before, the retreat of the Germans
had been voluntary, unhurried and well controlled, on this occasion
it was the result of 8th August, the "Black Day," and the morale
of the troops was by no means what it had been. Late on loth
September the 16th Battalion took over a sector of the line east of
Villeveque. On the following day it took Attilly and advanced to the
western edge of Rolnon Wood and Hill 135 within it. On the 12th
the advance was continued to the eastern edge of the wood, in spite
of heavy shelling of the latter. Private W. Fowler, whose gallantry
as a runner had been conspicuous in this as in previous operations,
received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for further good work
under fire on this occasion and for his earlier services.
"JUNDENBURG LINE,"
"EPEHY"
10th
Battalion
The British troops were now approaching what was obviously
to be a tough nut to crack- namely, the formidable Hindenburg
Line . But before it could be attacked, its outer defences had to be
carried.
It
has been told how the 10th Battalion attempted to
10TH BM.
capture Heather Trench, near Gouzeaucourt, part of those defences,