This milling about, this uncertain fumbling attach and counter-attack could go on for weeks. And ultimately end in failure and frustration. On the nigh of the 6th – 7th [year unknown at this time] the Fourth Brigade relieved the shattered Sixth.
Williams, George of the 18th Battalion:
When they sent us up there they didn’t know where the Germans where. They said, “You go up there, you’ll find where the trenches is.” Dark night we went up there. There was no trenches. I forget how many days we were there. We were never told when to come out and nobody came to use. We stayed there so long I said to this Corporal, “You’d better go out and see what the score is.” Well he went out and came back to relieve us, you see. When we got out our Battalion was away back of the line and I met our Sergeant Major and he says, “Where have you been? You’re put in as captured.” I said, “Well we’re here, all my men but one. One was killed.” And they couldn’t believe I had come out.
Possibly mention in this action.
Report on Enemy Raid on No. 11 Platoon 18th Batt. Frontage Night of May 27th – 28th, 1917
Time: 12:45 a.m.
Received orders from C.S.M. Williams to post covering party of six men to protect a B. Co. wiring party on the left flank.
Sgt. F.G. Kenee, 675067 [KIA 10/11/17 in Passchendaele] and myself had just placed party when enemy barrage opened on our lines. Immediately afterwards our own barrage replied. Instantly I gave order to return to our lines. Three men failed to reach our line. Time about 11 p.m.
About 3 minutes afterwards enemy party of 20 to 30 strong was seen making towards our wire on our left flank. Platoon opened up with rifle fire. One man of enemy party shouted an order and enemy retired at the double. Only one red flare was fired on our platoon frontage.
Immediately after bombardment quietened I organized search party of three men and S.B. to search for missing men. Only trace of men was two rifles which they found in a shell hole in front of our wire.
Corp. L. Skilton
Earned the Military Medal for “Bravery in the Field” during the actions at the Somme September 1916.