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8th August 1918On this day:
- A/Major Basil Terah Hooley, 7th Sherwood Foresters then 2nd Tank Corps, 5th Battn was awarded an M.C. For gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a company of tanks near Domart, 8th August 1918.
In order to reach his position of deployment this officer had to take his tanks across the river Luce by Thennes Bridge and move them for a distance of 1700 yards to a flank within100 yards of the enemy front line.
The bridge at Thennes was in a very precarious condition, and the entire approach march had to be carried out through the area in which the enemy’s barrage was known to fall.
In carrying out this most difficult operation Major Hooley displayed the greatest coolness and judgement, and succeeded in getting all thirteen tanks to a position of deployment, whence the proceeded into action at zero.
Throughout the operation on 8th August Major Hooley kept in close touch with his tanks in spite of heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, and supervised them in their operations with the greatest judgement and decision. His gallantry and capable handling of his command enabled the infantry to reach their objectives at the expense of very few casualties.
THE TANK CORPS BOOK OF HONOUR Book owned by father John Peter Lloyd 460 pages, here is just one entry on page 155 and I quote
- Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers report "No training done. At night Battalion relieved the 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in right of left sub-sector (Meulehouck). Relief done satisfactorily by 0130. Only one casualty through enemy shelling. Remainder of night passed quietly."
- 8th August 1918 Return to trenches
- SWARTEN BROUGH
Inter Coy relief complete 1am. Daylight patrol sent out all day to ascertain whether enemy still holding W side of PLATE BECQUE. Patrols on S side of VERTE RUE LA COURONNE road were unable to get far forward owing to heavy machine gun fire. Patrols on the N side of the LA COURONNE road established the fact that the enemy were holding the enclosure at E.30. in strength that there was a ladder up a tree used as an OP.
The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1
- 8th Aug 1918 Attack Made
- 8th Aug 1918 Reliefs
- 8th Aug 1918 Bravery Recognised
- 8th Aug 1918 Mustard Gas
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Remembering those who died this day. Spr. Wilfred Laurier Anderson. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy. Lt. Jeremiah Brennan. Lancashire Hussars att. 1st Intelligence Corps Read their Story. Lt Col. Christopher Bushell. VC, DSO The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 7th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Herbert Ernest Cox. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 7th Btn. Read their Story. John Bernard Croak. VC 13th (Royal Highlanders of Canada) Battalion Pte. John Bernard Croak. VC. 13th Btn. Quebec Regiment Read their Story. Drvr. W. H. Davis. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade, C Bty. Read their Story. Pte. Wilfred Garside. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment 2/4th Btn Read their Story. Pte. Albert Edward Hooper. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 5th Btn. Cpl Henry Garnet Bedford Miner. VC 58th Battalion Cpl. Henry Garnet Bedford "Harry" Miner. VC. 58th Btn. Central Ontario Regiment Read their Story. Cpl. Robert Neillands. Imperial Camel Corps 2nd. Btn. Read their Story. 2nd Lt. Harry Brighstone Newsam. Tank Corps 3rd Battalion (Light) Read their Story. Pte. Benjamin O'Connell. Irish Guards 1st Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Arthur Twining. London Regiment 30th Btn. Pte. Arthur Twinning. London Regiment 3rd Btn. Read their Story.
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