By Anon.,Alan H. Maude

this is often the tale of the 2d London department, which used to be numbered forty seven in may well 1915 while the TF divisions have been allotted numbers. The background of the 56th (1st London) department has already been reprinted via N & M Press. The forty seventh left for France in March 1915, the second one TF department to reach there. 1915 used to be a hectic yr for the department. In might it used to be within the Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert and in September/October it was once at bathrooms and the Hohenzollern Redoubt anguish a few 4,200 casualties in all. the 1st months of 1916 have been spent in reserve and within the Vimy area, scuffling with amid the craters, scuffling with which price the department 2,100 killed, wounded and lacking. In August the department moved south to the Somme. It captured excessive wooden on 15 September, in the course of the conflict of Flers-Courcelette, an motion during which it skilled the fiercest battling within the entire of its carrier at the Western entrance. The divisional heritage files that during 4 days it suffered 4,500 casualties, greater than within the 4 battles of 1915 mixed. regardless of the good fortune the GOC, Major-General C. Barter, was once brushed aside and despatched domestic weeks later, charged with ‘wanton waste of men.’ He used to be for this reason exonerated and knighted, even though his calls for for an reputable enquiry have been refused. One can't support feeling that the person who must have long past used to be the corps commander, Pulteney. The lately restored divisional memorial is at the fringe of the wooden, beside the Martinpuich-Longueval highway, and at the different facet of the line is the London Cemetery, named after the department. In October the department left the Somme and went north to the Ypres salient the place it remained for nearly a 12 months, as a rule within the quarter of the Bluff and Hill 60. the main conflict during which it took half in this interval used to be at Messines, in June, the place it was once one of many attacking divisions following the explosion of the mines alongside Messines Ridge. In September the department left the Salient and moved right down to the Gavrelle-Oppy entrance, relieving the 63rd (RN) department. They have been now in Horne’s First military. After a remain of basically months the department moved back, all the way down to Byng’s 3rd military the place it was once in motion within the defence of Bourlon wooden through the Cambrai conflict, recording the 3rd optimum casualty record of the entire divisions concerned - 3,357. while the Germans introduced their offensive in March 1918 the forty seventh department was once within the line within the Flesquieres salient, in V Corps, at the severe correct of 3rd military. Over the following six days the department performed a struggling with withdrawal until, on 26 March it crossed the Ancre the place the enemy improve was once delivered to a halt. satirically, the division’s line of retreat had taken it via excessive wooden which it had captured at nice price eighteen months prior. within the ultimate strengthen to victory the department, now in Fourth military, retraced its steps throughout the Somme battlefield until eventually, in October it got here less than command 5th military within the operations in Artois. nearly its ultimate act was once to make the legit access into Lille on 28 October, led by means of the military Commander, normal Birdwood, whereas the bands performed and the crowds cheered. it is a sturdy background, with extra photographs and illustrations than the other and intensely strong maps. there are various appendices offering info on quite a few topics: Order of conflict and adjustments; finished lists of Commanders and Staffs in addition to COs of infantry, artillery, engineer, scientific devices and divisional educate and all their alterations; record of honours and awards together with VCs; short ancient notes at the devices that served within the department; the divisional leisure troupe ‘The Follies’ and extra besides.

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