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Would any kind soul with a copy of "Unversed in arms", the war memoirs of P.D.Ravenscoft MC, please look something up for me? Did he make any reference to the attack and counter-attack between Berthaucourt and Pontruet on 18/19 September 1918? If so, what did he say? Thanks in advance.

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Chris

Ravenscroft was part of Battle Surplus, having just returned from a Musketry Course. The relevant diary entries are:

Wednesday 18th [september 1918]

Battn attacked and took Berthaucourt. Zero 5.20am. [Elsie badly hit, Eldridge and Best killed and Winter and Lister wounded] The CO hit slightly in foot. Elmhurst and Simmonds joined. Padre came in with rumour that Elsie had been killed which upset all of us, especially Chug.

Thursday 19th

Chug went up the line without orders. Cunningam died of wounds.

Friday 20th

Marlowe missing. Chug hit in the face. CO returned to duty from CCS. Battn relieved by a Bde of 46th Div. I went to Montecourt to do the billeting but on the way back met the Bde Major who said we would not be going back after all. Total casualties for the tour: 8 officers and 153 other ranks.

Charles

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