Monday 20 March 2017

Day Three of Operations

Tuesday 20th March 1917 from our correspondent in the field

Operations by 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment between Agny, Mercatel and Neuville Vitasse continued today. Last night passed off quietly, with desultory shelling throughout. Heavy rain continued all night. A patrol under Second Lieutenant G Lenton went out to Hénin-sur-Cojeul at 4.30 a.m., but found it occupied.

Second Lieutenant G Lenton [X550/1/81]

The Battalion’s main position along the road from Beaurains to Boyelle was shelled at intervals throughout the day and night but no casualties occurred. The village of Mercatel was also shelled but the battalion had entirely avoided it in its dispositions.

Source: X550/3/WD

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