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By Anon.,Alan H. Maude

this is often the tale of the second London department, which was once numbered forty seven in may perhaps 1915 whilst the TF divisions have been allotted numbers. The historical past of the 56th (1st London) department has already been reprinted by means 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 was once within the Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert and in September/October it used to be at bathrooms and the Hohenzollern Redoubt anguish a few 4,200 casualties in all. the 1st months of 1916 have been spent in reserve and within the Vimy quarter, combating amid the craters, struggling with which price the department 2,100 killed, wounded and lacking. In August the department moved south to the Somme. It captured excessive wooden on 15 September, throughout the conflict of Flers-Courcelette, an motion within which it skilled the fiercest battling within the complete of its carrier at the Western entrance. The divisional historical past files that during 4 days it suffered 4,500 casualties, greater than within the 4 battles of 1915 mixed. regardless of the luck the GOC, Major-General C. Barter, was once brushed off and despatched domestic weeks later, charged with ‘wanton waste of men.’ He was once for that reason exonerated and knighted, although his calls for for an professional enquiry have been refused. One can't aid feeling that the person who must have long past was once 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 12 months, as a rule within the zone of the Bluff and Hill 60. the foremost conflict during 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 right 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 all of the 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 carried out a combating withdrawal until eventually, on 26 March it crossed the Ancre the place the enemy strengthen used to be dropped at a halt. satirically, the division’s line of retreat had taken it via excessive wooden which it had captured at nice fee eighteen months previous. within the ultimate increase to victory the department, now in Fourth military, retraced its steps throughout the Somme battlefield until eventually, in October it got here less than command 5th military within the operations in Artois. nearly its ultimate act was once to make the professional access into Lille on 28 October, led via the military Commander, basic Birdwood, whereas the bands performed and the crowds cheered. it is a strong heritage, with extra images and illustrations than the other and extremely strong maps. there are various appendices offering details on a number of topics: Order of conflict and alterations; accomplished lists of Commanders and Staffs in addition to COs of infantry, artillery, engineer, scientific devices and divisional educate and all their adjustments; 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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