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1918:
AUGUST TO THE ARMISTICE
whole of the divisional front and held it as an outpost line; next
day its task was extended to cover the whole corps front.
The Military Medal was awarded to the following for this final
operation :-
Company Quartermaster-Serjeant
W. Finn, 1st/7th.
Serjeant ]. Grindrod, 1st/8th.
Serjeant W. Massey, 1st/8th.
Serjeant T. Thomton, 1st/8th.
Private E. Barlow, 1st/8th.
Private H. Newton, 1st/8th.
Serjeant W. Ashworth, 1st/8th .
Serjeant
R.
C. J ohnson, 1st/7th.
Serjeant J. Pickup, 1st/7th.
Corporal C. Axon, 1st/8th.
Private H. Dyson, 1st/8th.
Private J. W. Wood, 1st/8th.
The Rochdale Unit nearly rejoins its Old Companions
6th Battalion
By a happy coincidence, the 6th Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel
R.
F. Gross, D.S.O.), the "descendant" of the 1st/6th Battalion
which had been
in
the 125th Infantry Brigade during most of the
war, was also engaged on the 8th and 9th November, a few miles
south of its old friends, and on very much the same task-namely,
ensuring that the Germans did not succeed in their original intention
of making a stand on the Avesnes-Maubeuge road.
Late on 7th November the 6th Battalion relieved the 9th
Devonshire Regiment in support near Dompierre and prepared to
support an attack of the 5th Inniskilling Fusiliers next day. At
8.45 a.m. on 8th, a cold and wet day, battalion headquarters,
"B"
(Captain W. Vestey Jones) and "D" (Captain D. Pennington, M.C.)
Companies moved to La Croisette Farm, a mile and a half north by
west of Avesnes, while "A" Company (Captain
R.
A. V. White) on
the right and "C" Company (Captain F. S. Ridler, M.C.) on the left
followed the Inniskillings. At 11.20 a.m. White reported that the
latter were held up by machine-gun fire and Ridler reported that the
left company of that unit was held up in front of a small wood. The
check was, however, only temporary and soon after midday the
Inniskillings were across the Avesnes-Maubeuge road.
"B"
Company of the 6th then stepped up between"A" and
"c"
on the
line of the road.
Orders were received for these companies to advance at 2 p.m.
on the final objective, the high ground to the east of the main road.
They set off at 2.30 p.m. But the German resistance was stiffening;
and at 3.30 p.m. a message was received from Ridler that heavy
machine-gun fire was coming from houses at
La
Cornelle, a hamlet
on the Avesnes-Sars Poteries road half a mile east of its junction
with the Avesnes-Maubeuge road, and that one of his platoons had
suffered severe casualties and needed support. Help was speedily
forthcoming from the 6th Dublin Fusiliers and the advance was
resumed at this point. The other companies, however, had lost
touch with battalion headquarters, and it was a long time before it
was known that they had been stopped by machine-gun fire from
in
front and from the flanks and that, as their flanks were in the air,