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Vaucellette Farm Middlesex Regt 30th Nov 1917


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I have an MC issued on this date here to posted up a couple of years ago can anyone tell me about the place or what the Middlesex we’re doing there ie which Battalion. ? 

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Lives of the First World War has an extract from "The War History of the 1st/4th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. 1914 – 1918" which centres around the fighting at Vaucelette Farm. https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk/story/107162

It makes several references to the support given by a composite Battalion from the 12th Division.

That Division included the 11th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. "Die-hards in the Great War: Volime 2" by Everard Wyrall covers the actions of 11th Battalion on page 162-163. Many units of the 12th Division were effectively over-run before the British were even aware the German counter-attack had begun, but the 11th Middlesex were in reserve and were supplemented by every man that could be called out.

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Extract courtesy of https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b742714&view=1up&seq=182&skin=2021

The 11th Battalion War Diary for this period can be found in the National Archive catalogue here:- https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7352680

Hopefully it will also cover the activities of the Composite Battalion, otherwise you may need to look at the 36th Brigade or 12th Divisional War Diary for the period.

Cheers,
Peter

Edit - previous thread on the location of Vaucellette Farm

 

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Thank you

That is so very kind of you to take the time and very very interesting

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