|trench system, encountered
heavy hand-to-hand fighting but crossed the Sensee River after capturing
the villages of Cherisy and Vis-en-Artois.
The 3rd Division met with
stubborn opposition but succeeded in capturing Bois de Vert, Bois du Sart,
and reaching the western outskirts of Haucourt, Remy, Boiry-Notre-Dame
Immediately the barrage stopped
the infantry advance became more difficult. The enemy was using a greater
number of machine guns and was seen bringing batteries of artillery into
action in the open south of Upton Wood. He reinforced the line with mounted
infantry. A prisoner stated that the infantry was in process of relief
by a machine gun battalion.
No. 1 Company, 2nd Battalion
C.M.G.C. (Hobson) went forward with the 5th C.I.B. Batteries moved up in
limbers, but just in front of Wancourt the roads were found impassable
owing to trenches and wire and, as it was not possible to go across country,
equipment had to be man-handled from this point. "B" and "C" Batteries
saw plenty of action and subdued several machine gun nests that were holding
up the infantry, whose initial pace from Egret trench had been rapid. "C"
Battery (Much) moved two guns up on the flank of one nest and wiped out
three German crews as they attempted to bolt. "A" Battery covered a gap
exposed when Imperials had withdrawn temporarily from Fontaine-les-Croiselles
and neutralized fire from Fontaine Wood.
No. 2 Company (Ramsay) was
with the 6th C.I.B. less the 29th Battalion, which remained in support
during this day's fighting. "F" Battery operated with the 29th Battalion
and was able to bring fire on Fontaine Wood.
"J" Battery of No. 3 Company,
2nd Battalion C.M.G.C., was ordered to move forward with the 4th C.I.B.,
and followed closely the advance of the 19th Battalion. Heavy machine gun
and direct artillery fire were encountered during this advance. The battery
got splendid targets when mounted infantry were seen on the opposite side
of the Sensee River. Some of the men escaped the hail of bullets, but few
of the horses escaped. Tender-hearted gunners took time out to singleshot
the kicking, writhing equine victims out of misery.
"M" Battery supported "J"
Battery's advance and came under heavy fire. Sergeants Demerse and Duffy
were both severely wounded but led their sections through to the first
objective before being evacuated.
"K" Battery, No. 3 Company
of the 3rd Battalion, C.M.G. C., moved forward with the 43rd Battalion.
No. 1 Section succeeded in getting into good positions after going through
heavy fire to the right of Beetle Trench. "M" and "L" Batteries operated
with the 116th and ...