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1918:
AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE
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in order to get the line forward in places where it had been held up.
In
a little over half an hour the second objective, on Argyle Ridge,
had been taken with over two hundred prisoners. A curious
incident occurred at about this time. Corporal F. Dulhanty, M.M.,
who had shown great gallantry as a runner on the 27th, was carrying
a message during this night attack when he came upon a party of
fifty Germans, who were all fully armed. Without a moment's
hesitation, he attacked them single-handed and forced them to
surrender. At 3.15 a .m. the 1st/5th Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel
1ST/5 TH
G. S. Castle, M.C.) which had hitherto been in support, passed
BN.
through under a creeping barrage with "A" Compaay (Captain
R.
E.
Combe, M.C.) on the right and "D" Company (Lieutenant
L.
A.
Caldwell) on the left. "D" Company was very weak and was
extended over a wide front; but Caldwell had such a good grasp of
the situation and of his men's confidence that he led therr to take
their objective very rapidly with 100 prisoners, 26 machine guns and
a 77-millimetre
gun.
"A" Company was equally successful, and at
4·50 a.m. "B" (Second-Lieutenant
J.
E. Watkins) and "C"
(Lieutenant B.
R.
Hawksey) Companies went through and by
midday had reached the Division's
final
objective on Higbland
Ridge, with a "bag" of a further 200 prisoners against losses of 6
killed and 29 wounded, though Hawksey, whose leadership had been
splendid, was missing and was subsequently reported to have been
killed. The 1st/5th pushed forward patrols and were joined on
Highland Ridge by the 1st/8th, two of whose companies passed
through at
I
p.m. and seized another 2,000 yards of ground.
Both battalions were able to send patrols across the Couillet Valley
to establish themselves on Welsh Ridge beyond it, Second-Lieutenant
A.
R.
G. Blake of the 1st/8th doing especially good work and
capturing two field guns.
It
had been a glorious engagement for the Territorial battalions.
They had had fierce fighting and heavy casualties; but they had
punched a hole in the redoubtable Hindenburg Line and taken
heavy toll of its defenders, and they knew that they now had the
enemy "on the run." The following honours were awarded for 27th
and 28th September :-
1ST/ 5TH BATTALION
Military Cross
Lieutenant L. A. CaldweU.
I ST/ 7TH BATTALION
Military Cross
Second-Lieutenant F. Wood.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Serjeant T.
W.
Bann.
Corporal
F.
Duihant y,
M.M.
Private
J.
F. Evans.
Private
J.
Tempest.
Bar to Military Medal
Corporal
B.
Taylor,
M.M.
Military Medal
Lance-Serjeant A. Stretch.
Private F. Eddy.