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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
I914-I9I8
"W" Company induced them to withdraw in haste. By 4 p.m.
a good part of the Zandvoorde ridge was in the battalion's posses–
sion and the position was soon consolidated, with outposts on
the forward slopes facing south-east, though the village itself had
not been taken. The day's fighting had been marked by great
endurance on the part of all ranks and by much individual bravery.
Second-Lieutenant F. Aspden in particular displayed marked
ability and
re~ource
and by his courage and good leadership helped
greatly towards the success of the whole operation. Second–
Lieutenant
R.
C.
R.
Robinson's platoon became separated from the
rest of its company during the attack on Zandvoorde and came
across a German "pill-box." Quite undaunted, he organized an
independent attack on this obstruction, rushed the enemy and
captured the "pill-box."
The battalion's hold on the Zandvoorde ridge was, however,
not complete; and at 6.30 p.m. the enemy attempted a counter–
attack from the direction of Tenbrielen but was repulsed by rifle
and Lewis-gun fire. During the night of 28th/29th September
strong reconnoitring patrols were sent forward without, however,
meeting with the enemy. But at dawn the Germans showed their
presence by shelling the 17th Battalion's line on Zandvoorde ridge
and by opening machine-gun fire from the outskirts of Zandvoorde
village. The enemy soon had other things to think about; for at
2 p.m. another brigade passed through the forward positions and by
nightfall on 29th September had carried the line forward to
Tenbrielen. The same brigade continued the advance early on 30th
17TH
AND
September, the I7th and I8th Battalions moving forward behind it.
18TH
At 2 p.m. the two battalions were ordered to take part in an attack
BNS.
towards the Wervicq-Menin road, the 18th Battalion leading with
the 19th Durham Light Infantry, the I7th Battalion being in
support. The resistance which the 1st Battalion had met on this day
was equally felt by the 18th Battalion, which encountered fierce
opposition at America Cabaret, a mile and a half north of Wervicq.
Little progress was possible and a halt had to be made about five
hundred yards east of the Wervicq-Becelaere road. Rewcastle
carried out a valuable reconnaissance and later led his platoon
forward with great ability. Bauld, Amold, Cormack and Sillitoe
again distinguished themselves by the pressure they quickly
exerted on any body of Germans they met; and Sheridan, the
chaplain, was frequently
in
exposed positions, caring for the wounded
and helping their evacuation. The attack was resumed at dawn on
1st October, but little progress could be made. On the evening of
that day the 17th Battalion, which had been in support, relieved the
19th Durham Light Infantry in the line east of America Cabaret.
During the night, Bauld rushed forward with a party of about
thirty men and occupied a "pill-box" behind the German lines, to
which he clung tenaciously until relieved forty-eight hours later.
At 7 a.m. on 2nd October "X" Company of the 17th Battalion
attacked the ridge at Reeke, a hamlet 1,200 yards north-east of