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1st Battalion War Diary.

The Battalion left ST JEAN at 0230 a.m. and marched to PILKIM. Orders were given to attack on left of main road and towards BIXSCHOOTE. The attack commenced early in the morning, ‘C’ Coy on the left of the road and ‘A’ on their left advanced in sections. ‘D’ and ‘B’ supported.

The attack was driven home and about 11 a.m. we were about 300 just S. E. of STEEN (STAPE). The shell fire and rifle fire was very heavy and we lost rather a lot. At 2 p.m. the Germans began to step out of their trenches. Our left was swung around and with the rifles (‘A’ Company) and a few South Staffords we charged the trenches.

We captured the trenches and about 150-200 prisoners who surrendered.

About 3 p.m. we were shelled out of these trenches by our own artillery and by 3.30 p.m. we regained the trenches and held them all night.

The whole success of the attack was entirely due to Major Carter’s quick decision and great bravery during the whole attack. The battalion worked wonderfully well. I believe we lost 5 officers and about 150 men.

– John Francis Allen, Captain & Adjutant.

The Commanding Officer desires to convey to all ranks of the battalion in appreciation of the fine piece of work performed on October 23rd near Bixschoote.

“In spite of stout opposition, and undeterred by it’s own heavy losses, the battalion made ground methodically and with certainty when the enemy was struck from both flanks by the battalion with a heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, and was then charged in a style worthy of the traditions of the 47th (the old regimental number) veterans of Taufaud, Quebec.

By inflicting a loss estimated at about 300 killed and wounded upon the enemy, besides securing important moral advantages, the battalion has played a brave part and deserves well of it’s country.

This action was fought in close and difficult country and was not won without loss to the battalion.

In view of the presence in the battalion of a number of recently-joined officers, and also of the large number of reservists, this action was all the more creditable to our arms, and provides a happy augury for any further efforts that may be demanded by the battalion.”

23oct1914

Casualties

POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY
Captain ERNEST CYRIL MILLER; 3rd Bn. attd. “B” Coy. 1st Bn.
Lieutenant GERALD CECIL KINGSLEY

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
10029 Lance Serjeant RICHARD BARTLETT
6185 Lance Corporal JOHN BENNETT
2019 Private WILLIAM BROADLEY
7122 Private GEORGE BURGHALL
10269 Lance Corporal THOMAS CARTER
10303 Private ARNOLD SEYMOUR CREASEY
6883 Private PATRICK CUSHION
6849 Private WILLIAM DURKIN
10637 Private HERBERT FARRELL
1432 Private DAVID FURLONG
2204 Private HERBERT SINGLETON GARDNER
7890 Corporal JAMES GARWOOD
6134 Private JOHN GREEN
1977 Private JOHN HESKETH
1176 Lance Corporal ALFRED HEYES
7766 Private JOSEPH HUGHES
9960 Lance Corporal JOHN JENKINSON
1293 Private ARTHUR JONES
9887 Lance Serjeant ALFRED ERNEST LALLY
8368 Private WALTER BENJAMIN LANGOHR
7878 Private THOMAS McHALE
8631 Private WILLIAM NAYLOR
8589 Lance Corporal GEORGE AUGUSTUS OLIVER
6589 Corporal JOSEPH PERKINS
8381 Private ALBERT PILLING
10491 Private HARRY ROBERTS
1336 Private THOMAS SCOTT
6312 Private GEORGE SHARPE
7978 Private HARRY STANLEY SMITH
6177 Private ALEXANDER STEELE
7086 Private BERNARD TATE
10001 Private EDWARD ROBERT WEST
6272 Private GEORGE WHITEHEAD
8100 Private DAVID WHITTAM
10410 Lance Corporal ALBERT WILSON

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