On this day 30th September 1917 – a lost enemy patrol

No record in the 1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

30/IX/17: Enemy attempted a raid on the nearest Company of Brigade on our left at 4.30am. A small party consisting of 1 Officer, 1 NCO and 4 men had apparently crossed the front line and got lost as they were seen wandering down HORSE ALLEY at 5am by a machine gun team. The machine gunners chased them with bombs. The party made off SE and was not seen again.horse-alley

We extended our front Northwards taking over 1 Company front from 137 Infantry Brigade.

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

Night 29/30 a patrol went out under 2/Lt E Dennis to examine wire in front of HUGO TRENCH from HEAVEN ALLEY to 50′ left of HUMBUG ALLEY – to reconnoitre NO MANS LAND as to best part for patrol work. A report on the wire was sent in and no enemy encountered.humbug-1917

Edward Dennis originally enlisted into the Rifle Brigade and was Commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in May 1917. He later transfered to the Royal Flying Corps and was killed in action on the 22 March 1918. Dennis lived in Harrow Middlesex.

Night 29/30 at 11pm a large enemy party was heard by Battalion Scouts between approx H.26.d.15.25. and H.32.b.5.8. A Lewis Gun was brought 50 yards forward from the post and emptied two drums into the party effectively dispersing them.

Night 20/1st about 6.30 pm a large party (apparently working party) were seen by Battalion Scouts in enemy trench around H.32.b.5.9. The party appeared to be waiting for dusk in order to commence work. This was reported by phone message to Liaison Office and 18 pdrs were put on with excellent results.toller

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