British Battalions on the Western Front by Ray Westlake

By Ray Westlake

Ray Westlakes most up-to-date paintings is a beneficial day by day advisor to the postings and activities of approximately three hundred British battalions in this interval of diverse experimental re-organizations of normal and volunteer devices in instruction for large later offensives in international struggle I.

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Brook mortally wounded 18th. To Lillers 19th, Essars 2nd June, trenches behind Le Plantin 6th. Took over front line at Windy Corner, Givinchy sector 10th. Relieved by 2nd Scots Guards 13th and to Robecq. To Hingette 14th, Le Casan 18th, trenches Festubert sector 20th. Relieved and via Les Choquaux to St. Hilaire 30th. 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion (Territorial Force) February–March Edinburgh. Part of the Lothian Infantry Brigade and attached to coast defences. Moved to Southampton 23rd February and sailed HMT Inventor for France.

R. Gosselin killed by shell splinter 7th. Remained in same sector resting between tours in firing line at Beuvry. To Béthune 1st March. Stood by at positions east of Gorre 10th and 11th, returning to Béthune at night. Began tours in Givenchy sector trenches 12th. Rested at La Préol when out of the line. G. Marshall killed 22nd March. Lieutenant-Colonel The Right Hon. Sir Frederick Ponsonby records in his history of the Grenadier Guards how in April, while digging a communication trench, a number of silver items were unearthed.

Battalion relieved 18th and to billets in Estaires. F. Austin and two other ranks killed, 24 wounded. April–May–June Carried out further tours in firing line. Resting at Estaires, Laventie and La Gorgue. Left La Gorgue 8th May and moved into support trenches on north side of the Rouge de Bout, just in rear of the Rue du Bois. Took part in the Battle of Festubert 16th May. C. Wylly, CB records that the Battalion’s front was of 200 yards and ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies were to lead the attack. Strength upon going into action – 22 officers, 773 other ranks.

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