On this day 19th September 1916

No record in the War Diary [WO/95/2694]

Septr 19: Lecture on moral by Major Fuller

[Lieutenant Josiah Taylor]

large minenwerfer19th: A dozen rounds fired by a heavy Minenwerfer into the right sector. Operation carried out by 5th & 7th Battalions. Both parties of the 5th Battalion cut the enemies wire successfully but were unable to get through the remaining strands. The 7th Battalion patrols bombed their objective – two men being wounded.

The 139 Trench Mortar Battery carried out their programme well.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

1/5th Battalion Raid

19 September 1916 raidParties under Lieut W DOUGLASS and 2/Lieut JC HUTCHINSON attempted to blow gaps in enemy’s wire at X.1.d.50.50. and X.2.c.15.60. with tubes of ammonal 24′ long and afterwards raid enemy saps at points X.1.d.54.52. and X.2.c.20.70.

Lieut W DOUGLAS’s party were unable to get through the wire after successfully exploding the tube.

2/Lieut JC HUTCHINSON’s party successfully exploded the tube but were unable to enter the enemy sap.

1/5th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2695]

The 1/7th Battalion Raid

Three bombing parties (patrols) in charge of 2/Lts METCALFE, BARNES and WIGHTMAN went out with the object of bombing enemy saps to distract attention of the enemy from operations of the 5th Sherwood Foresters and 137th Brigade on our right. They successfully bombed the enemy saps & returned safely. Two of our men were slightly wounded.

1/7th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694] 

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