Sunday 16 July 2017

A Third Battalion Round-Up

Monday 16th July 1917

The adjutant of 7th Battalion wired me to mention that Captain D S H Keep was buried this evening in the village cemetery at Reningelst with full military honours, all his Company and most of the officers of the Battalion in attendance.

The 2nd Battalion are well behind the lines at Polincove near Calais. Lieutenant J T Coe has rejoined the Battalion from England and Major R O Wynne has rejoined from 19th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment.

The 4th Battalion has been in the front line near Oppy Wood, taken by 1st Battalion last month. Today they have been relieved and marched back to Beverley Camp. They have been joined by Second Lieutenants C H Wareing and A L Gordon from base; Captain A C Croskell and Second Lieutenant T R G Cooke have rejoined from hospital

Second Lieutenant Croskell [X550/1/82]

Yesterday in Palestine 1st/5th Battalion took Holy Communion at 7 a.m. The force selected to raid Umbrella Hill had a rest from their training but a patrol of two officers and six other ra
nks went out into No Man’s Land to the south-east and south-west of Umbrella Hill and, although having to dodge machine-gun bullets on the south-east side, no enemy patrols were encountered.

Sources: X550/3/WD; X550/5/3; X550/6/8; X550/8/1

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