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MACEDONIA
459
Currey, Leinster Regiment, who was wounded on loth December on
the Horseshoe, and then by Lieutenant-Colonel R. F . Gross, D.S.O.,
South Wales Borderers, who held the command with distinction until
the battalion was reorganized in France.
IIth
December.
"Weather good during day; heavy mist with sleet during night.
A raiding party of 20 O.R. under 2/Lt. Macklin entered the enemy
works at
P.4t
at 0503 hrs. this morning. The party had great difficulty
in entering the work owing to a formidable row of interlocked knife
rests ... but succeeded in pulling them apart
&
in entering
P.4t
which
they found had been vacated by the enemy. They stayed for
10
minutes
&
then withdrew.... Casualties 8 O.R. wounded.... The
enemy put down a barrage ... from 0510-0540 ... "
Lieutenant Macklin again led a party of twenty other ranks on to
P.4i at 1850 hrs., supported by a flank party under Second-Lieuten–
ant Tyson. He occupied the work until 2230 hrs . and then withdrew,
without casualties.
"The following message was received from 65th Infty. Bde.
'Officer Commanding 12th Lancashire Fusiliers. Please congratulate
all concerned in the successful operation last night. Success does not
depend on number of prisoners . .. but in achieving one's object,
which was done . No doubt the enemy realized that the Battalion
famous for entering their works was in front of them, and did not
wish to meet them again.-Brig. Gen. G. F. Bailey, comndg. 65th
Inf. Bde.' "
On the night of 21st/22nd April the whole battalion was employed
on a raid against the Bulgar positions on 0.2 and 0.3, south of Lake
Doiran. "B" and "C" Companies attacked 0.2, while "D" Company
assaulted the works on 0.3. On the whole front the enemy works
were entered after hand-to-hand fighting and casualties were
inflicted and dug-outs destroyed. A feature of this operation was
that thirty-three body shields per company were issued and proved
most useful in warding off bayonet thrusts and splinters of bombs
and shell. The enemy wireless, on the 24th, announced the raid
in
the following terms, eloquent of the impression made by three
companies of Fusiliers :-
"After four days of heavy bombardment several English
battalions attacked our positions on a wide front south of Lake
Doiran. After a violent struggle our brave infantry, supported
by artillery, threw back the enemy attack."
Many gallant deeds were done by platoon officers and men in
these deadly raids and patrols and the names of three winners of the
Military Cross may be recorded here.
The patrolled by Second-Lieutenant C. B. Westoby was met by a
hostile bombing party and at the same time was attacked in the
flank. Westoby at once charged, shot the leader with his revolver
and dispersed the rest.