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30th September 1918On this day:
- Advance Guard At Becelaere at 5.30am 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, covered by an advance guard, moved forward through J.18.b, K.13 central to K.16.c. Information was received from Brigade to the effect that the 109th Brigade held Terhand and Dadizeele. 9th North Irish Horse Battalion was to pass through 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at 0700. 12th Royal Irish Rifles to advance on our left, Terhand – Vijfwegen Road the inter-Battalion boundary, the first objective to be a line roughly north and south through Vijfwegen (K.24.a); second objective to be railway running north and south (K.20 and K.26 central); third objective to be Mooreseele. The 29th Division was on our right.
At 0700 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were on a line running south-west through K.21.a and c. The 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were facing south with posts along Terhand – Vinwegen Road. The 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were held up by machine gun fire and had lost touch with the 29th Division.
A patrol from 9th North Irish Horse Battalion discovered the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers holding line running south from K.19.a.9.6 through K.19 central, i.e. 2000 yards in rear. B Company 9NIH were sent to move along line of enemy wire through K.21.b, K.22.c and K.29.c to occupy high ground in K.30.a.
C Company to move to right rear of B Company to protect flank, to get and keep in touch with 29th Division.
A Company to move through K.22 central, K.23 central to K.24.c and to keep touch with 12th Royal Irish Rifles and
D Company to move in support along Terhand – Vijfwegen Road.
B and C Companies 9th North Irish Horse came under machine gun fire almost at once after moving through the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, but A Company met with no opposition until they reached the east side of Methuen Wood, when they came under machine gun fire from houses in K.23.d about 9.30am. About this time the reserve Company came under machine gun fire from a pill box on K.24.b.0.3 and Leadenhall Copse which were cleared in spite of stiff resistance by 1230.
Twelve prisoners and two machine guns were captured in this operation, and an Officer with twenty Other Ranks of the enemy being killed.
All further attempts to advance our line beyond the general line of this pill box and Leadenhall Copse were prevented by very heavy machine gun fire from fortified farms on our right flank which was still hanging back.
At about 1800 when the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles passed through the line to attack, the general line ran K.24.b.0.3 – Leadenhall Copse – K.23.d.2.5 – K.29.b.2.8.
9th North Irish Horse Battalion casualties during the day were six Officers and 130 Other Ranks.
- Batteries out of range 59th Heavy Artillery Brigade
report "All batteries were out of range because of the rapid advance of the attack. 37th & 350th SB's were ordered to pull out and advance towards Moorslede and report to the 9th Division.
Lorries got ditched on the Zonnebeke Road and orders were subsequently received to delay any further advance owing to the bad state of the roads.
Forward Brigade HQs were established on the Broodseinde Ridge."
- 33rd Machine Gun Btn at Villers-Guislain The 33rd M.G.Battalion was under command of Lieutenant Colonel G.S.Hutchinson at Villers-Guislain at the end of September 1918
- 30th Sep 1918 Ongoing Action
- 30th Sep 1918 Reliefs
- 30th Sep 1918 Cleaning up
- 30th Sep 1918 On the Move
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