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Martin1958

What is a "CORNITIS", "FORNITIS" or "FOMITIS" attack?

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Martin1958

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Hi.

Can anyone decipher the first word on line 3? It's from the 79th Brigade R.F.A. war diary February 1916. Their guns did not participate, so perhaps this was a type of Infantry attack (or perhaps the Left Group (artillery) did participate?). The word looks like CORNITIS, or maybe FORNITIS, to me. Or FOMITIS, which is apparently the genitive in Latin of fomes which translates as tinder or kindling. The first letter looks like the C in carried, on the first line, except the tail points down rather than up, so I thought it might be a lower case F, but I'm pretty sure it's a C.

 

This is the one word in the whole document I can't make out, despite staring at it for a month, so any help would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Martin.

 

 

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NigelS

Could it be formation ?

 

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Martin1958

It could very well be! A fresh pair of eyes and all that.

 

Thanks very much Nigel, I am in your debt!

 

Cheers,

Martin.

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Keith Brannen

Looks like "Counter" to me, (the dot over the second last letter not being intentional). So, "Counter Attack made on..."

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Martin1958

Thanks Keith. Yes, I think that might be it.

 

Cheers,

Martin.

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