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MBrunsdon at May 02, 2022 12:08 PM

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Officers of "A" Company who had been brought up with the
reinforcements from Chateau de la Haie were put in charge.

5.30 p.m. New dispositions were ordered by Brigade making this
Battalion responsible for CYRUS Trench from the Junction of CLUTCH
to the Junction of CYRUS and CLUCK and for No.6 crater. "C"
Company moved over here to strengthen this line, the 46th Battn
becoming responsible for crater No.5, and posts in front.

Situation during the night was normal and on
Wednesday morning the 11th I inspected our new dispositions
and found all posts as ordered. Situation again throughout the
day was normal with the exception of machine gun fire from
junction of CLAUDE and CLUCK, and remained so throughout the nighht.
A party of Bosche were seen on the morining of the
12th trying to get away at daylight but were driven back by our
Lewis gun fire casualties being inflicted on them.

The afternoon of the 12th instant about 4 p.m. our
Stokes Guns fired on CLAUDE trench and a bombing party of the
73rd Battalion were supposed to attack under cover of this barrage,
along CLAUDE trench from the north. It wasreported that our men
had been seen in CLAUDE trench at S.15 a.85.80 but this proved
on investigation to be incorrect. A patrol was ordered out to
investigate, but were fired upon. At 8 p.m. a message was
received from Brigade that the Bosche intended counter attacking
so "A" and "D" Companies were ordered up fron Blue Bull Tunnel
to reinforce our position. The counter attack did not
materialise, the situation remaining normal throughout the night
except for very heavy artillery fire behind the enemy's lines.

At 5.45 a.m. 13th I was advised of a series of
explosions behind the enemy's lines. Brigade was immediately
advised of this and at the same time a patrol was ordered to be
sent forward to try and ascertain the cause. They reported that
owing to our artillery fire they could not get forward.

At 6.30 a.m. I was advised that our men had occupied
CLAUDE trench, shortly after this was confirmed by Brigade stating
that 72nd occupied CLAUDE trench. A patrol was ordered to be
pushed northward along CLUCK trench to connect with the 72nd
also another patrol to push along CLUCK forward in a north easterly
direction. Colonel Clarke C.C. 72nd Battalion came along and got
a patrol with Lewis Gun from us and pushed forward to a point where
CYANIDE and CLUCK trenches meet at S.15 b.81/2.9, patrols of the
38th and 78th Battalions also entered CYCLIST and BABY trenches
and established posts there, all these patrols being covered by
strong supporting bodies. About 10 a.m. our patrols in conjunction
with patrols of the 72nd and 78th Battalions entered GIVENCHY.
Patrols were then pushed by us to the south of GIVENCHY and by the
72nd through the northern parat of it and along to the N VIMY)ANGRES
Line which they reached about 12.30 p.m. About 1.P.M. I received
an urgent message from Colonel Clarke for support on his right
so brought up the covering parties arriving at S.10.d.8.6 about
1.30 p.m. where we established joint Battalion Headquarters, the
72nd Battalion taking over the line from this point to the north
and we taking it over from the south for about 800 yards
establishing strong points along the same. Our right was still
not connected up but the 78th were covering it from the rear
and later the 11th Brigade advabced along the lint. Communication
was kept up by telephone with the front line throughout and on the
advance to GIVENCHY, lines were run to that point.

CARRYING PARTIES - Tump line party consisting of one
Officer and 52 other ranks were used in connection with the
bringing up of rations and acting as stretcher bearers, also a
carrying party of 16 men for the 12th Machine Gun Company for
bringing up ammunition. Carrying parties were detailed from
reinforcement up and from stragglers of ours who had got

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Officers of "A" Company who had been brought up with the
reinforcements from Chateau de la Haie were put in charge.

5.30 p.m. New dispositions were ordered by Brigade making this
Battalion responsible for CYRUS Trench from the Junction of CLUTCH
to the Junction of CYRUS and CLUCK and for No.6 crater. "C"
Company moved over here to strengthen this line, the 46th Battn
becoming responsible for crater No.5, and posts in front.

Situation during the night was normal and on
Wednesday morning the 11th I inspected our new dispositions
and found all posts as ordered. Situation again throughout the
day was normal with the exception of machine gun fire from
junction of CLAUDE and CLUCK, and remained so throughout the nighht.
A party of Bosche were seen on the morining of the
12th trying to get away at daylight but were driven back by our
Lewis gun fire casualties being inflicted on them.

The afternoon of the 12th instant about 4 p.m. our
Stokes Guns fired on CLAUDE trench and a bombing party of the
73rd Battalion were supposed to attack under cover of this barrage,
along CLAUDE trench from the north. It wasreported that our men
had been seen in CLAUDE trench at S.15 a.85.80 but this proved
on investigation to be incorrect. A patrol was ordered out to
investigate, but were fired upon. At 8 p.m. a message was
received from Brigade that the Bosche intended counter attacking
so "A" and "D" Companies were ordered up fron Blue Bull Tunnel
to reinforce our position. The counter attack did not
materialise, the situation remaining normal throughout the night
except for very heavy artillery fire behind the enemy's lines.

At 5.45 a.m. 13th I was advised of a series of
explosions behind the enemy's lines. Brigade was immediately
advised of this and at the same time a patrol was ordered to be
sent forward to try and ascertain the cause. They reported that
owing to our artillery fire they could not get forward.

At 6.30 a.m. I was advised that our men had occupied
CLAUDE trench, shortly after this was confirmed by Brigade stating
that 72nd occupied CLAUDE trench. A patrol was ordered to be
pushed northward along CLUCK trench to connect with the 72nd
also another patrol to push along CLUCK forward in a north easterly
direction. Colonel Clarke C.C. 72nd Battalion came along and got
a patrol with Lewis Gun from us and pushed forward to a point where
CYANIDE and CLUCK trenches meet at S.15 b.81/2.9, patrols of the
38th and 78th Battalions also entered CYCLIST and BABY trenches
and established posts there, all these patrols being covered by
strong supporting bodies. About 10 a.m. our patrols in conjunction
with patrols of the 72nd and 78th Battalions entered GIVENCHY.
Patrols were then pushed by us to the south of GIVENCHY and by the
72nd through the northern parat of it and along to the N VIMY)ANGRES
Line which they reached about 12.30 p.m. About 1.P.M. I received
an urgent message from Colonel Clarke for support on his right
so brought up the covering parties arriving at S.10.d.8.6 about
1.30 p.m. where we established joint Battalion Headquarters, the
72nd Battalion taking over the line from this point to the north
and we taking it over from the south for about 800 yards
establishing strong points along the same. Our right was still
not connected up but the 78th were covering it from the rear
and later the 11th Brigade advabced along the lint. Communication
was kept up by telephone with the front line throughout and on the
advance to GIVENCHY, lines were run to that point.

CARRYING PARTIES - Tump line party consisting of one
Officer and 52 other ranks were used in connection with the
bringing up of rations and acting as stretcher bearers, also a
carrying party of 16 men for the 12th Machine Gun Company for
bringing up ammunition. Carrying parties were detailed from
reinforcement up and from stragglers of ours who had got