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O.C. ‘B Company’, having located an enemy gun informed the ‘B Battery’, 125th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. This gun had fired a number of .77 shells into our right Company between 10:00 – 11:00hrs. At the first and second shot the Battery fired a little wide, but further directed by Major Robert Hogarth Milvain (O.C. B Coy) scored a direct hit with the third. The gun did not fire again.

At 16:15hrs, three snipers went out from trench 67 to try and capture an enemy sniper observed the previous day at about 400 yards from the trench, in a S.E direction, near the (Osteria?) bed. A single German was encountered. Dispositions were made to surround him and work in on him, when suddenly an enemy patrol of about twenty men appeared. The single German had been moving forward and backward in a seemingly aimless way, while our men were stalking him. It is supposed that he were a decoy to lead small patrols onto the larger party. In the present case, however, it was the enemy who were surprised. A bomb was thrown into the middle of them and our men opened rapid fire. They immediately scattered and took to their heels after only a few shots. No dead or wounded were left.

Total Casualties: Nil

Private Richard Clegg died this day of wounds sustained in a previous action.

Rank: Private
Service No: 16762
Date of Death: 04/11/1915
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Additional Information: Son of Robert and Alice Ann Clegg, of 37, Fishwick Rd., Preston.


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