Saturday, 16 September 2017

Forty Eighth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Sunday 16th September 1917

Today it has been the enemy’s turn to attack. Advances were made against 20th (Light) Division, the Guards Division and 47th (1st/2nd London) Division, the latter against the strong-point in Inverness Copse taken on yesterday. All three attacks have been beaten off with some loss.

Following their seaside holiday on 23rd August the five officers and three hundred other ranks which, at present, form just over half the strength of the Battalion, went to the sea again today. They had a nice time at Mardyk, near Dunkirk, the adjutant remarking to me: “Weather good and all ranks much enjoyed themselves”.

Source: X550/8/1

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