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5th May 1915On this day:
- Hard Fighting May 5th opened with a still more severe bombardment and the front line troops were reported as being in a very exhausted condition. Early in the morning C Company was called upon to reinforce the 2nd East Yorks on the south of the road. Captain Steel led half of C Company up to reinforce the front line. As they topped the ridge they were caught by German machine gun fire and suffered terrible casualties. Captain Steel was a doctor in civilian life and he set about attending the wounded as well as leading the advance. For this action he was awarded the Military Cross. One of the men in his company, Private AM Mitchell, wrote home:
"Words utterly fail me to say what a hero Captain O.W.D. Steel was during that fearful struggle. From every person I meet they tell me the same tale. Under heavy shell and maxim fire he went out and fetched in wounded, bandaging them and if he doesn't deserve the VC no man on earth ought to get it."
An hour later A company (under Captain R.A. Lewis) also tried to reinforce the front line and again suffered terrible casualties. Private I. Skidmore was awarded the DCM for attending to the casualties until he was so badly wounded himself that he could not carry on.
- 5th Connaughts march into Hackworth Park At noon the 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers marched into Hackworth Park to continue their training.
- Daily Battery Activity 6th London Brigade RFA 6th County of London Brigade RFA state that during the misty weather firing in the early morning was impossible. 15th London Battery did not fire therefore, but 16th London Battery fired twelve rounds at 0900 to register wire in front of J1. Range 3375 yards. Observation very difficult.
17th London Battery did not fire.
- The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium 1915. 1st Battalion at Vlammertinghe, Belgium
Battalion enjoyed a much needed rest.
Draft of 90 men arrived and 15 men rejoined from hospital.
- 5th May 1915 9th Lancers in billets
- Straton sunk by U9 British Merchant vessel Straton is sunk by submarine U-9.
- Further Action E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA
Attached to 7th Division near Laventie
5th May - Registered with right section - about 60 rounds. At 2100 rest of battery went into action relieving 32nd Battery. Battery in action about 3/4 mile south of Laventie about 2000 yards behind our lines and registered German Trenches at 2300 yards. Observing station at Fauquissart in a ruined convent about 200 yards behind our front trench. Teams 3 miles back near Estaires.
6th May - registered about 40 rounds.
7th May - fired about 700 rounds and a few rounds at night at trench mortars.
8th May - fired about 60 rounds.
- 5th May 1915 Gas on Hill 60
- 5th May 1915 Trench Work
- 5th May 1915 13th Londons on the Move
- 5th May 1915 Digging Trenches
- 5th May 1915 Snipers Active
- 5th May 1915 Congratulations
- 5th May 1915 On the Move
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