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By Anon.,Alan H. Maude

this is often the tale of the 2d London department, which was once numbered forty seven in may perhaps 1915 whilst the TF divisions have been allotted numbers. The background 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 might it was once within the Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert and in September/October it was once at bathrooms and the Hohenzollern Redoubt agony a few 4,200 casualties in all. the 1st months of 1916 have been spent in reserve and within the Vimy zone, combating amid the craters, combating 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, through the conflict of Flers-Courcelette, an motion within which it skilled the fiercest scuffling with within the entire of its provider 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 luck the GOC, Major-General C. Barter, used to be pushed aside and despatched domestic weeks later, charged with ‘wanton waste of men.’ He used to be accordingly exonerated and knighted, even though his calls for for an legit enquiry have been refused. One can't aid feeling that the person who must have long gone 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 part 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, more often than not within the quarter of the Bluff and Hill 60. the key 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 through the Cambrai conflict, recording the 3rd optimum casualty checklist of all of the divisions concerned - 3,357. while 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 battling withdrawal until eventually, on 26 March it crossed the Ancre the place the enemy strengthen used to be delivered to a halt. sarcastically, the division’s line of retreat had taken it via excessive wooden which it had captured at nice expense eighteen months past. within the ultimate enhance to victory the department, now in Fourth military, retraced its steps during the Somme battlefield until eventually, in October it got here lower 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 by means of the military Commander, basic Birdwood, whereas the bands performed and the crowds cheered. it is a solid historical past, with extra photographs and illustrations than the other and intensely sturdy maps. there are many appendices delivering details on a number of topics: 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 adjustments; checklist of honours and awards together with VCs; short ancient notes at the devices that served within the department; the divisional leisure troupe ‘The Follies’ and extra besides.

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