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Key dates over September 1918

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Lives lost on this day: 124

29th September 1918 - Battle of the St Quentin Canal. Allied troops successfully break through the Hindenburg Line. Fighting continues until 2 October.

Rolling casualty count: 10872

War Front:

2nd Batt: Zero hour was at 5.50am and A and B Coys were in the 2nd wave of the attack. A weak and ineffectual barrage caused our men to be caught by intensive machine gun fire from the cross-roads. After a splendid effort to work around, Coys had to withdraw to the original front Line., having suffered heavy casualties. The Brigade was ordered to reorganise and hold the position. Casualties were 8 officers killed, 3 wounded and 220 OR killed or wounded. Officers killed were: Lts Ranson, Glynn, Sidbury, Lambert, Wright, Benbow and Woodward. Officers wounded were Lts Barnard, Starkey and Walford.

3rd Batt: Batt resting and refitting at Hinges.

4th Batt: At dawn the Batt attacked under light artillery barrage and succeeded in capturing the ridge at Au Rossignol Cabaret. During the day attempts were made to capture Kortenberg Ridge but it was strongly held, but 50 prisoners were taken

Capts GPO Donovan, C Hackett and Lt HN Newey were wounded. 2Lts J Cowherd was killed and D L Downs and JC Marriott were wounded.

14th Batt: A, B and C Coys worked on the road from Cantaing to Graicourt. Batt moved to the trenches east of Cantaing at 5pm. A Coy worked on the trench through La Folie Wood to Bridge head over the Canal de L`Esacaut. One platoon of B Coy worked on a diversion track at Bridge Head and the remainder of the men rested. 2 OR were killed and 13 were wounded.

Information researched by The Worcestershire World War 100 team