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Belgium

Pte. John Waddie Wishart, 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers endures a continuous bombardment all day. During the evening the battalion are relieved by French Territorials and move to Hooge, east of Ypres where they bivouac in two fields. The mail also arrives, and John is likely to have read his last letter from home before moving back to the front line.

Meanwhile, during early morning at 5:30 a.m., an enemy attack on the position held by C Coy, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers managed to forge around their flank and enfiladed the machine gun trench. The attack failed and 40 prisoners were taken and despatched to Divisional Headquarters. Despite the success with the prisoners, the company were eventually forced back from their position and evacuated the trenches – establishing a new line with the rest of the battalion in Polygon Wood.

The enemy advanced again and got around the left of the battalion. Every available man (including Pte. Thomas Wishart) were deployed along the line from the Gardener’s Cottage to the Chateaux to face the assault. Later in the afternoon B Coy led a successful bayonet charge against the Germans after their trenches were overrun. The attack died away shortly afterwards, however the respite would be short lived when the enemy advanced again later that evening. An interrupted night was in store for the men of the battalion whose nerves must have been on edge.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]