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By Anon.,Alan H. Maude

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this can be the tale of the 2d London department, which was once numbered forty seven in may well 1915 while the TF divisions have been allotted numbers. The historical past of the 56th (1st London) department has already been reprinted by way of N & M Press. The forty seventh left for France in March 1915, the second one TF department to reach there. 1915 was once a hectic yr for the department. In may possibly it used to be within the Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert and in September/October it used to be at bathrooms and the Hohenzollern Redoubt soreness a few 4,200 casualties in all. the 1st months of 1916 have been spent in reserve and within the Vimy zone, battling amid the craters, battling which rate 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 scuffling with within the complete of its carrier at the Western entrance. The divisional historical past documents 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, used to be disregarded and despatched domestic weeks later, charged with ‘wanton waste of men.’ He was once to that end exonerated and knighted, notwithstanding his calls for for an reputable enquiry have been refused. One can't aid feeling that the one that must have long gone used to be the corps commander, Pulteney. The lately restored divisional memorial is at the fringe of the wooden, beside the Martinpuich-Longueval street, and at the different aspect 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 yr, as a rule within the zone of the Bluff and Hill 60. the key conflict within 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 all the way down to the Gavrelle-Oppy entrance, relieving the 63rd (RN) department. They have been now in Horne’s First military. After a remain of in simple terms months the department moved back, right down to Byng’s 3rd military the place it used to be in motion within the defence of Bourlon wooden in the course of the Cambrai conflict, recording the 3rd optimum casualty record of the entire divisions concerned - 3,357. whilst 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 subsequent six days the department performed a scuffling with withdrawal until eventually, on 26 March it crossed the Ancre the place the enemy increase was once dropped at a halt. paradoxically, 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 develop to victory the department, now in Fourth military, retraced its steps during the Somme battlefield until, in October it got here below command 5th military within the operations in Artois. nearly its ultimate act was once to make the respectable access into Lille on 28 October, led through the military Commander, common Birdwood, whereas the bands performed and the crowds cheered. it is a strong heritage, with extra photographs and illustrations than the other and extremely stable maps. there are many appendices supplying info on quite a few matters: Order of conflict and alterations; entire lists of Commanders and Staffs in addition to COs of infantry, artillery, engineer, clinical devices and divisional educate and all their alterations; record of honours and awards together with VCs; short historic notes at the devices that served within the department; the divisional leisure troupe ‘The Follies’ and extra besides.

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