France

Having bivouacked on the Wassigny-Oisy Road, 8394 Pte. John Waddie Wishart of the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers continues the retirement south. The conditions are recorded as being hot, with few men falling out for fear that they will be captured if they do. The battalion march through Etreux and Guise to Bernot. 56591 Gnr. George Greig Wishart of the Royal Field Artillery moves before daybreak to Etreux and the 56th Battery is brought into action.

Two companies of the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment come under rifle and machine gun fire at Beauvois at a range of about 800 yards around 6 a.m. The enemy were engaged along a line on the Carriérerec Ridge but were forced to withdraw to Ligny. Casualties were heavy, numbering in the hundreds with many men reported missing by the day’s end. 9577 Pte. Alexander Joss Wishart was among those wounded and subsequently taken prisoner.