War Diary

10th Battalion

Wednesday, August 15, 1917

Location:
Hill 70 - Appendix 29 Part 1
Weather:
Map Reference:
Appendix 29:  

The following Officers rendered very valuable and exceptional services.

Lieut. (A/Capt) W. W. Thompson

On 15/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS, in the initial attack his company1 suffered 4 officer and 105 other ranks casualties. He was the senior officer arriving at the final objective of the battalion. He consolidated the position displaying gallantry of the highest degree, and in the heat of the action wrote full concise and clear reports on the situation, which he sent back to Battalion Headquarters. He was in every respect the life of the attack.

On 16/8/17 the Battalion was ordered to attack again. This officer was in charge of the three attacking companies. The men were much exhausted and in need of a rest, Capt. Thompson by his personal example gave them new life. The attacking party under this officer consisting of 7 officers and 120 other ranks, succeeded in capturing the CHALK PIT which was held by not less than 20 machine guns.

The enemy counter attacked on this position three times supported by an intense artillery barrage, but were beaten off every time. The splendid example and determination shown by this officer was almost solely responsible for the holding of this position.

Lieut. Norman Angus McEachern

On 15/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS, this officer gallantly led his platoon to the attack and captured all the positions allocated to him. His company2 officer was wounded and this officer by his assertiveness and ability at once took control of the situation and carried on to a successful conclusion.

On 16/8/17 in the attack on the CHALK PIT his company formed the right flank of the battalion. At zero hour they advanced and captured their objectives but finding that the unit on the right had not come up this officer formed a defensive flank and sent word back to battalion headquarters. He personally established a post on the extreme point of the captured area, and although this post was annihilated three times with the exception of one man, this officer personally re-established it. When the enemy counter-attacked this officer had only six men with him on the right flank, but by his splendid example held his little group together and broke up the attack. The holding of the CHALK PIT was in a very large degree due to the personal bravery and determination of this officer.

Lieut. Frederick Easterbrook

On 15/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS, this officer as Battalion Signaling Officer followed the attack with his telephone lines and under very heavy enemy artillery barragement (sent) back most important information which enabled dispositions to be made to meet the developments of the attack. His reports were clear accurate and concise under the most critical circumstances.

In the attack on 16/8/17 he again pushed forward his lines and although they were cut on numerous occasions he superintended their repair and ran new lines.

His perseverance and fearlessness was responsible for the maintenance of rapid communications and close co-operation with the artillery and undoubtedly saved many lives.

Capt. (A/Major) Hercules Lefebvre

On 16/8/17 on Hill 70 Near LOOS this officer was acting as the second in command to the Battalion when it was ordered to attack the CHALK PIT. He was sent forward to supervise the attack. He went forward passing through very heavy enemy bombardment. He at once set about organizing the details for the assault and displaying exceptional gallantry in going about the companies making sure that everything was in order.

After the capture of the CHALK PIT he sent back clear and concise reports about the situation, using excellent judgment in calling for artillery support.

Lieut. Hugh Edward Pearson

On 15/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS, the company commander3 was severely wounded, this officer at once assumed command, taking his company4 forward and capturing the objective. He organized the consolidation and supervised the mop up and carried out this work in a most satisfactory manner.

On 16/8/17 in the attack on the CHALK PIT he organized his company and led them to the attack. Although wounded three times in the course of the attack he stayed with his company until consolidation and Mopping up were complete.

Lieut. Frank John William Fane

On 15/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS during the assault on the CHALK PIT this officer was wounded. He kept on going and commanded his platoon until the objective was captured and the situation well in hand.

When the enemy counter attacked Lieut. Fane got into the action and had to be propped up while he used a rifle. He was wounded a second time.

The gallantry of this officer was of the highest order and his example inspired all ranks.

Lieut. Herbert Andrews

On 16/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS after the capture of the CHALK PIT, the situation became critical all method of communication except by runner being cut off. This officer volunteered to get information and he went forward through an intense enemy barrage, made a tour of the position and sent back a full and accurate report. The daring and courage displayed by this officer was of the highest order. He utterly disregarded his personal safety in order to obtain full and complete information.

Lieut. Byron Price Greer

On 15/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS in the initial attack this officer displayed exceptional initiative and dash. He handled his men with great skill and attended to mopping up with great energy and care.

On 16/8/17 in the attack on the CHALK PIT, he again displayed gallantry and skill of the highest order.

Lieut. Nelson Lewis Balfe

On 15/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS this officer led his platoon to the assault with exceptional gallantry, setting his men a most splendid example.

On the afternoon of 15/8/17 the battalion was ordered to relieve the battalion holding the forward area, in daylight and in full view of the enemy this officer made a most daring and important reconnaissance coming under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire.

Lieut. Gordon Graham

16/8/17 on Hill 70 near LOOS, after the capture of the Chalk Pit, this officer advanced along an enemy communication trench, bombing out the enemy and supervised the placing of a block as far forward as our barrage would permit. He displayed exceptional courage and fearlessness in performing this act. This block was most important as it formed an excellent observation post, and on several occasions the Lewis Gun in this point materially assisted in breaking up the enemy counter-attacks or attempts to assemble.


Notes

1) “B” Company

2) “A” Company

3) Captain Forrest Ladd

4) “C” Company

 
 
Appendix No:
29
Appendices:
Entry by:
Approved by:
Col. D. Ormond
Notes:
The original appendix was done in 2 parts, one for Officers, the other for Enlisted men
Transcribed by:
marc
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