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I’ll be alright, you’ll see. ’ part an hour later he again. ‘Well, you’re having it your means. I’ve simply obtained orders to evacuate each case within the health facility. it sounds as if the Guards were in it up at Delville wooden, and they’ll all be coming down this night. ’ i didn't worry that i might die, now – it used to be sufficient to be honourably wounded and certain for domestic. A brigade-major, wounded within the leg, who lay within the subsequent mattress, gave me information of the battalion. He checked out my label and stated: ‘I see you’re within the moment Royal Welch. I watched your excessive wooden express via field-glasses. the way in which your battalion shook out into artillery formation, corporation through corporation – with each one portion of 4 or 5 males in dossier at fifty yards period and distance – happening into the hole and up the slope during the barrage, was once the main appealing little bit of parade-ground drill I’ve ever noticeable. your organization officials should have been significant. ’ but one corporation at the very least had begun and not using a unmarried officer. whilst I requested whether or not they had held the wooden, he advised me: ‘They held on to close the tip. i think what occurred was once that the general public faculties Battalion got here away at darkish; and so did many of the Scotsmen. Your chaps have been left there roughly by myself for a while. They steadied themselves by way of making a song. Afterwards the chaplain – R. C. in fact – Father McCabe, introduced the Scotsmen again. Being Glasgow Catholics, they might keep on with a clergyman the place they wouldn’t stick to an officer. The centre of the wooden used to be very unlikely for both the Germans or your fellows to carry – an amazing focus of artillery on it. The timber have been splintered to matchwood overdue that evening a brigade of the 7th department relieved the survivors; it incorporated your First Battalion. ’ This was once now not altogether exact. i do know now that a few males of the general public faculties Battalion, with out officials or N. C. O. s, maintained their positions within the left centre of the wooden, the place they stayed until eventually relieved through a brigade of the 7th department twenty-two hours later. Nor did the Scots all behave badly, even though i've got considering substantiated the flight from the wooden of a superb many Cameronians, and their go back below Father McShane (not McCabe). Captain Colbart of the 5th Scottish Rifles has lately written to me: We attacked at the correct; the Cameronians at the left, taking our pursuits and varied Germans. After noon i used to be the single officer left in our battalion. At approximately nine a. m. , the troops at the left fell again prior to a counter-attack – they didn’t try and struggle, so far as I observed. They have been all combined up – Cameronians, Scottish Rifles, Public faculties Battalion. The debacle used to be stopped in mid-wood, and my corporation at the correct retook our target. i used to be maintaining a strong-point on the east nook of the wooden, which we had equipped based on orders, while the Royal Welch got here up less than Moothie. They attacked North-west and took the full wooden. Colonel Crawshay had his headquarters on the south nook; I pronounced to him there, after which rejoined my troops while the Germans counter-attacked with heavy artillery help at approximately five p.