Wednesday 27 September 2017

Fifty Ninth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Thursday 27th September 1917

Last night 39th Division, immediately south of the Menin Road, was forced to defend its gains of yesterday from three separate German counter-attacks, which it did successfully and has now been relieved by 37th Division, though 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment which belongs to this formation is already in the line.

33rd Division is immediately north of the Menin Road and also received counter-attacks, which seized Cameron House. However, today 100th Brigade has pushed forward again and stabilised the situation, and, indeed, gone on to take ground it failed to take yesterday. 98th Brigade has also gone forward and found touch with the 5th Australian Division.

1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, currently near Saint-Omer reports that it has been joined by three new subalterns, Second Lieutenants A H Wakefield, A W Rope and H W Cornelius(1).

Source: X550/2/5

(1) Herbert Walter Cornelius would be killed on 20th July 1918 and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

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