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The Story of the 6th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry

France, April 1915-November 1918

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Author: Unknown
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,005 / 68 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.9
LoC Category: UD
Downloads: 862
Added to site: 2005.09.06 11651
Genres: War, History

Edited by R.B. Ainsworth

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l, and water was collected from shell holes in empty ammunition boxes.

Whilst in the front line, both A and B Companies were constantly under fire from trench mortars ("sausages") and snipers, some of whom were firing from the rear. Several of the posts held by B Company were blown in, and in one, occupied by Sergt. Bennison and ten men, all were hit except Ptes. Walters and Fenwick. In another post the shelter was blown in and several men wounded and buried. Pte. Robinson, the only man not hit, crossed the open to the next post, but was unable to obtain assistance. He thereupon went back, and under constant fire, dug out several men. For this action he was awarded the D.C.M. and Croix de Guerre.

The machine-gun section was in action on the 26th April, and for his good work in handling them Lieut. W.P. Gill was awarded the Military Cross. After being withdrawn on the night of the 26th the guns were kept in reserve at Battalion Headquarters.

During the whole of the four days the Battalion was in the l



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