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2nd West Yorkshires March 1918


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Hi does anyone have access to 2nd West Yorks war diary for 22-24th March 1918 ?

After an idea of where they were and what was happening

Thanks

Ady

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Hi does anyone have access to 2nd West Yorks war diary for 22-24th March 1918 ?

After an idea of where they were and what was happening

Thanks

Ady

Hi Ady,

I don't have the War Diary but the history shows that as part of the 8th Division they were moved to Chaulnes on 22nd March, from whence they marched to Villers Carbonnel, a village some three or four miles south of Peronne. Arriving there at 4 a.m. on 23rd March, two companies were immediately ordered to move forward and occupy a position east of Brei in order to cover the retirement of the 50th Division. Here they demolished the bridge over the Somme Canal, following the retirement of the 50th Div.

It appears that the West Yorkshires suffered no casualties during the 23rd March. They remained in these positions until midnight 24th/25th when they were relieved by the 2nd Middlesex and then withdrew to a position west of Villers Carbonnel. On 25th they were ordered to counter attack the Germans who had crossed the bridge at Eterpigny and here they suffered a number of casualties.

Hope this helps,

Robert

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