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62nd Infantry Brigade order no 22
Ref Map 51b.17 1/20.000 and
VII Corps Topo. Map. 1/10.000 No.240
1 A Raid will be carried out by the 10th Yorkshire Regt.
on 31st July on the following objective:-
Enemy's post just north of the cross roads at the junction of
RIVER ROAD and ROTTEN ROW at U.1.d.70.95- U.1.b.63.06
and the dugouts in the trench in the rear in ROTTEN ROW.
2 Zero hour will be 2.0 am [see amendment doc, later altered to 1.30 am]
3 Strength of raiding party- 2 officer and 45 O.R. With 6 O.R. From
the 98th field Coy. R.E. To fire Bangalore Torpedoes if the wire is not cut.
4 The Raid will be carried out without Artillery support.
5 The Divisional M.G. officer has arranged for the co-operation
of the guns of the 62nd and 110th M.G. Coys. A map showing the
distribution of the guns will be fowarded to O.C. 10th Yorkshire Regt.
6 O.C. 62nd M.T. Battery will co-operate as follows:-
(a) Two guns in WOOD TRENCH will maintain a very slow rate of fire
from midnight 30/31 until zero, on following targets:-
(i) gun emplacement – U.2.a.0.9
(ii) Trenches in ROTTEN ROW- U.1.b.8.0.
(b) At zero the above two guns will gradually increase their rate of fire
until Zero plus 14, when they will cease fire at following targets:-
(i) Gun emplacement- U.2.a.0.9.
(ii) FONTAINE TRENCH (not closer to objective than 250yds.)
(c) Two further guns will be installed, during darkness, at the junction of
RIVER ROAD and CONTEST ROAD and will open fire at Zero; one
of these guns firing on enemy's posts immediately south of RIVER ROAD
and ROTTEN ROW junction, but no shell to fall nearer this junction
than a 100 yds. The second gun on enemy's machine gun about U.1.d.95.05
or on any other gun that may open fire from this direction. Fire to be
maintained until Zero plus 20 minutes.
7 The time of the entry into the enemy's trenches will be Zero, the time of departure
will be Zero plus 10.
8 The following code word will be used if necessary,
LEEDS – Raid cancelled
12th Northd Fus. (For information)
13th Northd Fus. “
1st Lincoln R. “
10th York R. “
62nd M.G.Coy. “
62nd T.M Bty “
64th Inf. Bde. “
110th Inf. Bde. “
98th Fd. Coy. R.E. “
The raid which was primarily intended for the purpose of obtaining
an identification was quite successful, an unwounded officer being
brought in. The raid was well worked out, skilfully and energetically
led and well withdrawn. Much credit is due to the two young officers
for their initiative and those in charge of the L.T.M. Guns for their
quick grasp of the changed situation. The only point that requires
explination is, how the enemy in large numbers were wiring their front
while the heavy barrage of machine gun firing on the objective and on
the works to the flanks. The prisioner is understood to state that all
bulletts passed overhead. The question is being enquired in to by the
Divisional Machine Gun Officer.
C G Rawling
31/7/17 Comdg. 62nd Infantry Brigade.
Report on raid carried out by 10th Yorkshire Regiment on night
30th/31st July 1917.
A raiding party of the 10th Yorkshire Regiment, consisting of Lieut.
J. H. Smith M.C. (O.C.) 2nd Lieut. H.E. Read and 45 O.R., together
with 2nd Lieut. Maclaren and 4 O.R. 98th field Coy. R.E., left SHAFT
TRENCH at 12.45 am 31st July, with the idea of attacking the isolated,
but strongly defended, section of the enemy's line in ROTTEN ROW,
just north of junction of ROTTEN ROW and RIVER ROAD. On
reaching a point U.1.d.0.3. The enemy was found to be in force, working
hard upon his wire, and with a covering party of about 50. At 1.50 am the
enemy sent out patrols. An enemy patrol consisting of one officer and
one man, approaching close was rushed by 2nd Lieut. Read and a small
party. The orderly was killed and the officer captured after a close hand
to hand fight. Much confusion ensued in the enemy's lines. Our L.T.
Mortars quickly grasping the situation opened rapid on the enemy's
trenches, the Machine Guns advanced the Zero hour 10 minutes, and
the raiding party opened with their rifles. The raiding party then charged
and the enemy fled, closely followed by our men who drove them back
through the wire to their lines where they were caught by the barrage put
up by the Stokes and Machine guns. The enemy, now thoroughly confused
omitted to call for artillery support and bombed and trench mortared
their own people.
The Raiding party was back in SHAFT TRENCH by 3-5 am casualties
two, very slightly wounded.
It is estimated that our fire and bayonets caused the enemy a loss of 20.
(sg) T.G. Mathiss Lt. Colonel
Comng, 10th West Yorkshire Regt.
12th Northd Fus. 110th Inf. Bde
13th Northd Fus. 150th Inf. Bde.
1st Lincoln R. 64th Inf. Bde.
10th York R. 110th M.G.Coy.
62nd M.G.Coy. 95th Bde. R.F.A.
62nd T.M.Bty 51st Bde. R.F.A.
21st division Staff Captain
97 field Coy. R.E. Bde. Signal Officer
Ref my B.M. 80/9 dated 27/7/17, para 2.
Zero hour will be 1.30 a.m.
28/7/17 62nd Infantry Bde.