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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
1914-1918
On the morning of the 27th it was intended that the advance
should be continued with a barrage to the next sunken road. Stange,
however, asked that he should be allowed to do the job without a
barrage and by "peaceful penetration." This was agreed and he
went out to reconnoitre with Serjeant
E.
H. Sharp, who came back
an hour later, badly wounded and with the sad news that Stange
had been killed by a machine-gun bullet through his head. The
projected advance was abandoned and, apart from heavy shelling,
the situation remained as it was until the battalion was relieved
late on 28th, having lost 2 officers and 6 other ranks killed and 49
other casualties. The honours awarded for this action included :-
Distinguishttd Service Order
Major W. B. Curell.
Bar
to
Military Cross
Captain S. Clarke, M.C.
Military Cross
Second-Lieutenant E. Halstead.
Second-Lieutenant W. D. Henshall.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lance-Corporal C. H. Gotts.
Private J.
A.
Shelmerdine.
Military Medal
Serjeant G. Lowe.
Serjeant E. A. Lyford.
Serjeant E. H. Sharp.
Serjeant J. Walmsley.
Corporal W. E . Bridgman.
Corporal G. Mather.
Lance-Corporal A. Derrick.
Lance-Corporal W. Whitlam.
Private L. R . Barber.
Private W. Dunn.
Private H. Evans.
Private W. H. Frost.
Private T. Hailwood.
Private R. House.
Private D. W. John.
Private
H.
Lythgoe.
Private A. J. McLaughlin.
Private R. Pollock.
Private W. H. Ridings.
THE BATILE OF COURTRAI
1st.
17th and 18th Battalions
"COURTRAI"
The attacks near Ypres at the end of September, 1918,
in
which
the Regiment played a full part as has been described, had loosened
the Germans' hold on Belgium and severely shaken their morale.
But they were still far from their own country; and they needed
harrying and hustling, and often hard fighting, if they were not to
settle down again or, at best, retire with their numbers, equipment
and supplies in such good trim that they could make a series of
prolonged stands on lines of defence of their own choosing. Three
battalions of the Regiment took a notable share
in
the Battle of
Courtrai and its dependent actions of Ooteghem and Tieghem
during this process.