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Considerable attention was devoted to the ground opposite No. 4 Company including the ravine as it was reported to be occupied by enemy patrols, who found cover in a hedge marked ‘X’ in the rough plan attached. 2nd Lt. Andrews Bn M.G.O, took out a patrol of 24 men with a machine gun at dusk, covered by another machine gun that enfiladed the bank (‘Y’) from trench 67. The disused trench was occupied, and the hedge made good advance by four men who crawled out at 15:00hrs. The light enabled one of these men, 14156 Private J. Fletcher to give useful information as to distances etc. These men later verified by 2nd Lt. Andrews, who took compass bearings, and made a plan of the ravine (also attached).

Private Fletcher also reported two German saps at 80 yards distance from their wire; their heads protected by a circle of barbed wire.

The bank was found to be lined with snipers pits and cuts, giving excellent cover for sniping on our lines.

The four men in advance were apparently observed by the enemy, as a party of bombers crawled towards them shortly after dusk, and upon being fired at, withdrew to the bank, from which rapid fire was opened and a very (bright) light sent up by another hostile party.

2nd Lt. Andrews opened fire with the machine gun, a twenty Germans came over the skyline at the double, in open order, and apparently with effect as groans were heard and one man was seen being supported as the party retired. Lights were now going up from every direction and the enemy seemed thoroughly alarmed, so that 2nd Lt. Andrews decided to withdraw the patrol into our own lines, which he affected without casualties.








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