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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, 19I4-1918
strength . He therefore halted the battalion behind a spur, from
which he could support the Dorsetshire
if
necessary. That night
orders were again received to retire. But Ferrers-Guy disliked the
idea of giving up ground gained and had, moreover, seen a Turkish
officer's patrol, which had been driven back, coming on again as if
reconnoitring for a counter-attack. He therefore decided to stay
where he was, after consulting the O.C. Sth Dorsetshire Regiment,
who agreed with him and undertook to explain matters to the
brigadier. The battalion entrenched all round the spur and was
subjected to Turkish rapid fire all night.
It
was ordered not to
reply unless the Turks attacked, which they did not.
On loth August the battalion did, however, retire when ordered,
and entrenched itself on the right of the Dorsetshire.
It
spent the
next day improving its trenches and was ordered to rejoin its own
division, from which it had been separated throughout the fighting,
but was unable to do so as the unit which should have relieved it
was too exhausted to do so.
It
was relieved on 12th August and
withdrawn for a rest, which consisted in doing fatigues, digging
trenches for horses and carrying shells of no mean weight. The
b.rttalion's losses in officers totalled fourteen; those of other ranks
are not recorded. The decorations awarded were ;-
Distinguished Service Order
Captain
:\1.
c.
Ferrers-Guy.
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Company Serjeant-Major T . Bleackley.
Private S. Birtwistle.
Private
1.
Walton.
THE BATTLE OF THE VINEYARD
Ist;5th, 1st/6th, 1st/7th and 1st/8th Battalions
An essential part of the Commander-in-Chiefs plan for the new
landing at Suvla Bay was an attack on the Relles front, designed to
hold the Turks and to attract as many enemy reserves as possible to
that area during the operations further north. In order to make
the most of the available artillery and machine guns, the attack was
to take place in two successive phases, each supported in turn by
the full number of guns. The 29th Division therefore attacked on
the afternoon of 6th August to the west of the Krithia Nullah, but
without success; the second phase of the attack was to be delivered
by the 12Sth and 127th Infantry Brigades of the 42nd Division next
morning.
The 12Sth Brigade, with the French on its right, held a frontage
of four hundred yards (so small because of its heavy losses) from a
point one hundred yards east of Achi Baba Nullah to the south–
western edge of the Vineyard, with the 1st/Sth Battalion (Major
G. B. G. Wood in temporary command) on the right and the 1st/8th
(Lieutenant-Colonel]. M. Rogers, 1st Royal Dragoons), the 1st/7th