Chapter 5b – 2nd Battle of the Scarpe

Preparations were originally focused on launching another offensive on the 21st of April on a front stretching nine miles from Croisilles to Gavrelle, but high winds and poor visibility prevented the artillery and…

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  1. The tanks were from ‘A’ Section, ‘10’ Coy, ‘D’ Battalion, 2nd Tank Bde - ()“A” Section was attached to the 4th East Yorkshires (W21) (OH) Their orders were to be at the cross roads north-east of Héninel (N.29.a) by Zero -3 hours. At Zero – 90 minutes hours they were to proceed to the railway cutting (N.24.a.5.0) and be there at Zero hours. They were to advance with the infantry to the cutting (0.19.a). (W21) 783 was to to deal with a strongpoint (O19a.0.7) (bhs) and banks (0.19.b) while the infantry consolidated the Blue Line. Tanks were then to move to N.24.a and await the second advance. At Zero plus 7 hours tanks were to move forward with the infantry to the ‘Tangle’ (O.21.a & b), W21) south of the St Rohart Factory (OH) when the infantry had secured the red line, the tanks were to return to the rallying point in the sunken road (N.29.a.9.6). (W21) 
  2. British Tank Actions of the 1st World War ()
  3. The British Army Iron (Emergency) ration for one man consisted of 1lb preserved meat, 3oz cheese, 12oz biscuit, 5/8 oz tea, 2oz sugar, ½ oz salt and 1oz meat extract
  4.  2nd Lt Robert Johnson is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3 
  5.  30th Divn – Comprised of the 89th, 90th and 91st Infantry Bdes 
  6.  Pte Michael Davidson (4/167) and Pte Matthew Anderson (4/5071, 201960) were transferred from the 8th NF (8/29534) 
  7.  Believed to be John Alexander Burton ex 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. MC citation in Hexham Courant - 22 Dec 1917 
  8.  Pte Thomas Sterling Nichol (23800) 
  9. Sgt Ralph Stobart (4/1364, 200270) (b. Newcastle) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  10. L/Cpl John Prudhoe (4/2258, 200667) (b. Newcastle) (e. Hexham) is commemorated on  the Arras Memorial
  11. Pte James Campbell (4/1154, 200191) (b. Winlaton) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  12.  Pte Archibald Betts (202052) (b. Norwich) (e. Norwich) formerly served with the East Yorkshire Regiment (7894) and the Norfolk Regt (4957). Archibald is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  13.  Pte Stanley Coates (4/2943, 200973) (b. East Bolden) (e. Newcastle) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  14.  Pte Herbert Dunn (4/2876, 200934) (b. Chester-le-Street) (e. Newcastle) was drafted from the 3/4th NF sometime after 1 Jan 16.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  15. Pte Alfred John Edward Ling (4/4670) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  16.  Knife rest barricades were formed by stringing barbed wire across portable metal X- frames 
  17. 42nd Bde (14th Divn)
  18. The 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) was part of the  42nd Bde, 14th Divn
  19.  Finlayson was attached from the 6th (Territorial) Highland Light Infantry (HLI) 
  20. The 2nd Northumbrian Field Coy RE was one of three in the 50th Divn. It was renumbered to the 447th Field Coy
  21. At the outbreak of the war Gen. Thomas D’Oyly Snow was the GOC 4th Divn,.  He was GOC 27th Divn during 2nd Ypres and took command of VII Corps on 15th July 1915. Snow was heavily criticised for his performance during the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme and the German counterattack at Cambrai in 1917 
  22. An Indent was a requisition order for supplies
  23. 2nd Lt R.C.Morton is thought to have been a Royal Engineer 
  24. The 32nd Infantry Base Depot was one of many situated in the sand dunes on the northern outskirts of Etaples near the infamous ‘Bull Ring’ training ground
  25. The tanks were from ‘A’ Section, ‘10’ Coy, ‘D’ Battalion, 2nd Tank Bde - ()“A” Section was attached to the 4th East Yorkshires (W21) (OH) Their orders were to be at the cross roads north-east of Héninel (N.29.a) by Zero -3 hours. At Zero – 90 minutes hours they were to proceed to the railway cutting (N.24.a.5.0) and be there at Zero hours. They were to advance with the infantry to the cutting (0.19.a). (W21) 783 was to to deal with a strongpoint (O19a.0.7) (bhs) and banks (0.19.b) while the infantry consolidated the Blue Line. Tanks were then to move to N.24.a and await the second advance. At Zero plus 7 hours tanks were to move forward with the infantry to the ‘Tangle’ (O.21.a & b), W21) south of the St Rohart Factory (OH) when the infantry had secured the red line, the tanks were to return to the rallying point in the sunken road (N.29.a.9.6). (W21) 
  26. British Tank Actions of the 1st World War ()
  27. The British Army Iron (Emergency) ration for one man consisted of 1lb preserved meat, 3oz cheese, 12oz biscuit, 5/8 oz tea, 2oz sugar, ½ oz salt and 1oz meat extract
  28.  2nd Lt Robert Johnson is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3 
  29.  30th Divn – Comprised of the 89th, 90th and 91st Infantry Bdes 
  30.  Pte Michael Davidson (4/167) and Pte Matthew Anderson (4/5071, 201960) were transferred from the 8th NF (8/29534) 
  31.  Believed to be John Alexander Burton ex 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. MC citation in Hexham Courant - 22 Dec 1917 
  32.  Pte Thomas Sterling Nichol (23800) 
  33. Sgt Ralph Stobart (4/1364, 200270) (b. Newcastle) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  34. L/Cpl John Prudhoe (4/2258, 200667) (b. Newcastle) (e. Hexham) is commemorated on  the Arras Memorial
  35. Pte James Campbell (4/1154, 200191) (b. Winlaton) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  36.  Pte Archibald Betts (202052) (b. Norwich) (e. Norwich) formerly served with the East Yorkshire Regiment (7894) and the Norfolk Regt (4957). Archibald is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  37.  Pte Stanley Coates (4/2943, 200973) (b. East Bolden) (e. Newcastle) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  38.  Pte Herbert Dunn (4/2876, 200934) (b. Chester-le-Street) (e. Newcastle) was drafted from the 3/4th NF sometime after 1 Jan 16.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  39. Pte Alfred John Edward Ling (4/4670) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  40.  Knife rest barricades were formed by stringing barbed wire across portable metal X- frames 
  41. 42nd Bde (14th Divn)
  42. The 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) was part of the  42nd Bde, 14th Divn
  43.  Finlayson was attached from the 6th (Territorial) Highland Light Infantry (HLI) 
  44. The 2nd Northumbrian Field Coy RE was one of three in the 50th Divn. It was renumbered to the 447th Field Coy
  45. At the outbreak of the war Gen. Thomas D’Oyly Snow was the GOC 4th Divn,.  He was GOC 27th Divn during 2nd Ypres and took command of VII Corps on 15th July 1915. Snow was heavily criticised for his performance during the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme and the German counterattack at Cambrai in 1917 
  46. An Indent was a requisition order for supplies
  47. 2nd Lt R.C.Morton is thought to have been a Royal Engineer 
  48. The 32nd Infantry Base Depot was one of many situated in the sand dunes on the northern outskirts of Etaples near the infamous ‘Bull Ring’ training ground
  49. The tanks were from ‘A’ Section, ‘10’ Coy, ‘D’ Battalion, 2nd Tank Bde - ()“A” Section was attached to the 4th East Yorkshires (W21) (OH) Their orders were to be at the cross roads north-east of Héninel (N.29.a) by Zero -3 hours. At Zero – 90 minutes hours they were to proceed to the railway cutting (N.24.a.5.0) and be there at Zero hours. They were to advance with the infantry to the cutting (0.19.a). (W21) 783 was to to deal with a strongpoint (O19a.0.7) (bhs) and banks (0.19.b) while the infantry consolidated the Blue Line. Tanks were then to move to N.24.a and await the second advance. At Zero plus 7 hours tanks were to move forward with the infantry to the ‘Tangle’ (O.21.a & b), W21) south of the St Rohart Factory (OH) when the infantry had secured the red line, the tanks were to return to the rallying point in the sunken road (N.29.a.9.6). (W21) 
  50. British Tank Actions of the 1st World War ()
  51. The British Army Iron (Emergency) ration for one man consisted of 1lb preserved meat, 3oz cheese, 12oz biscuit, 5/8 oz tea, 2oz sugar, ½ oz salt and 1oz meat extract
  52.  2nd Lt Robert Johnson is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3 
  53.  30th Divn – Comprised of the 89th, 90th and 91st Infantry Bdes 
  54.  Pte Michael Davidson (4/167) and Pte Matthew Anderson (4/5071, 201960) were transferred from the 8th NF (8/29534) 
  55.  Believed to be John Alexander Burton ex 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. MC citation in Hexham Courant - 22 Dec 1917 
  56.  Pte Thomas Sterling Nichol (23800) 
  57. Sgt Ralph Stobart (4/1364, 200270) (b. Newcastle) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  58. L/Cpl John Prudhoe (4/2258, 200667) (b. Newcastle) (e. Hexham) is commemorated on  the Arras Memorial
  59. Pte James Campbell (4/1154, 200191) (b. Winlaton) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  60.  Pte Archibald Betts (202052) (b. Norwich) (e. Norwich) formerly served with the East Yorkshire Regiment (7894) and the Norfolk Regt (4957). Archibald is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  61.  Pte Stanley Coates (4/2943, 200973) (b. East Bolden) (e. Newcastle) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  62.  Pte Herbert Dunn (4/2876, 200934) (b. Chester-le-Street) (e. Newcastle) was drafted from the 3/4th NF sometime after 1 Jan 16.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  63. Pte Alfred John Edward Ling (4/4670) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  64.  Knife rest barricades were formed by stringing barbed wire across portable metal X- frames 
  65. 42nd Bde (14th Divn)
  66. The 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) was part of the  42nd Bde, 14th Divn
  67.  Finlayson was attached from the 6th (Territorial) Highland Light Infantry (HLI) 
  68. The 2nd Northumbrian Field Coy RE was one of three in the 50th Divn. It was renumbered to the 447th Field Coy
  69. At the outbreak of the war Gen. Thomas D’Oyly Snow was the GOC 4th Divn,.  He was GOC 27th Divn during 2nd Ypres and took command of VII Corps on 15th July 1915. Snow was heavily criticised for his performance during the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme and the German counterattack at Cambrai in 1917 
  70. An Indent was a requisition order for supplies
  71. 2nd Lt R.C.Morton is thought to have been a Royal Engineer 
  72. The 32nd Infantry Base Depot was one of many situated in the sand dunes on the northern outskirts of Etaples near the infamous ‘Bull Ring’ training ground
  73. The tanks were from ‘A’ Section, ‘10’ Coy, ‘D’ Battalion, 2nd Tank Bde - ()“A” Section was attached to the 4th East Yorkshires (W21) (OH) Their orders were to be at the cross roads north-east of Héninel (N.29.a) by Zero -3 hours. At Zero – 90 minutes hours they were to proceed to the railway cutting (N.24.a.5.0) and be there at Zero hours. They were to advance with the infantry to the cutting (0.19.a). (W21) 783 was to to deal with a strongpoint (O19a.0.7) (bhs) and banks (0.19.b) while the infantry consolidated the Blue Line. Tanks were then to move to N.24.a and await the second advance. At Zero plus 7 hours tanks were to move forward with the infantry to the ‘Tangle’ (O.21.a & b), W21) south of the St Rohart Factory (OH) when the infantry had secured the red line, the tanks were to return to the rallying point in the sunken road (N.29.a.9.6). (W21) 
  74. British Tank Actions of the 1st World War ()
  75. The British Army Iron (Emergency) ration for one man consisted of 1lb preserved meat, 3oz cheese, 12oz biscuit, 5/8 oz tea, 2oz sugar, ½ oz salt and 1oz meat extract
  76.  2nd Lt Robert Johnson is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3 
  77.  30th Divn – Comprised of the 89th, 90th and 91st Infantry Bdes 
  78.  Pte Michael Davidson (4/167) and Pte Matthew Anderson (4/5071, 201960) were transferred from the 8th NF (8/29534) 
  79.  Believed to be John Alexander Burton ex 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. MC citation in Hexham Courant - 22 Dec 1917 
  80.  Pte Thomas Sterling Nichol (23800) 
  81. Sgt Ralph Stobart (4/1364, 200270) (b. Newcastle) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  82. L/Cpl John Prudhoe (4/2258, 200667) (b. Newcastle) (e. Hexham) is commemorated on  the Arras Memorial
  83. Pte James Campbell (4/1154, 200191) (b. Winlaton) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  84.  Pte Archibald Betts (202052) (b. Norwich) (e. Norwich) formerly served with the East Yorkshire Regiment (7894) and the Norfolk Regt (4957). Archibald is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  85.  Pte Stanley Coates (4/2943, 200973) (b. East Bolden) (e. Newcastle) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  86.  Pte Herbert Dunn (4/2876, 200934) (b. Chester-le-Street) (e. Newcastle) was drafted from the 3/4th NF sometime after 1 Jan 16.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  87. Pte Alfred John Edward Ling (4/4670) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  88.  Knife rest barricades were formed by stringing barbed wire across portable metal X- frames 
  89. 42nd Bde (14th Divn)
  90. The 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) was part of the  42nd Bde, 14th Divn
  91.  Finlayson was attached from the 6th (Territorial) Highland Light Infantry (HLI) 
  92. The 2nd Northumbrian Field Coy RE was one of three in the 50th Divn. It was renumbered to the 447th Field Coy
  93. At the outbreak of the war Gen. Thomas D’Oyly Snow was the GOC 4th Divn,.  He was GOC 27th Divn during 2nd Ypres and took command of VII Corps on 15th July 1915. Snow was heavily criticised for his performance during the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme and the German counterattack at Cambrai in 1917 
  94. An Indent was a requisition order for supplies
  95. 2nd Lt R.C.Morton is thought to have been a Royal Engineer 
  96. The 32nd Infantry Base Depot was one of many situated in the sand dunes on the northern outskirts of Etaples near the infamous ‘Bull Ring’ training ground
  97. The tanks were from ‘A’ Section, ‘10’ Coy, ‘D’ Battalion, 2nd Tank Bde - ()“A” Section was attached to the 4th East Yorkshires (W21) (OH) Their orders were to be at the cross roads north-east of Héninel (N.29.a) by Zero -3 hours. At Zero – 90 minutes hours they were to proceed to the railway cutting (N.24.a.5.0) and be there at Zero hours. They were to advance with the infantry to the cutting (0.19.a). (W21) 783 was to to deal with a strongpoint (O19a.0.7) (bhs) and banks (0.19.b) while the infantry consolidated the Blue Line. Tanks were then to move to N.24.a and await the second advance. At Zero plus 7 hours tanks were to move forward with the infantry to the ‘Tangle’ (O.21.a & b), W21) south of the St Rohart Factory (OH) when the infantry had secured the red line, the tanks were to return to the rallying point in the sunken road (N.29.a.9.6). (W21) 
  98. British Tank Actions of the 1st World War ()
  99. The British Army Iron (Emergency) ration for one man consisted of 1lb preserved meat, 3oz cheese, 12oz biscuit, 5/8 oz tea, 2oz sugar, ½ oz salt and 1oz meat extract
  100.  2nd Lt Robert Johnson is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3 
  101.  30th Divn – Comprised of the 89th, 90th and 91st Infantry Bdes 
  102.  Pte Michael Davidson (4/167) and Pte Matthew Anderson (4/5071, 201960) were transferred from the 8th NF (8/29534) 
  103.  Believed to be John Alexander Burton ex 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. MC citation in Hexham Courant - 22 Dec 1917 
  104.  Pte Thomas Sterling Nichol (23800) 
  105. Sgt Ralph Stobart (4/1364, 200270) (b. Newcastle) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  106. L/Cpl John Prudhoe (4/2258, 200667) (b. Newcastle) (e. Hexham) is commemorated on  the Arras Memorial
  107. Pte James Campbell (4/1154, 200191) (b. Winlaton) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  108.  Pte Archibald Betts (202052) (b. Norwich) (e. Norwich) formerly served with the East Yorkshire Regiment (7894) and the Norfolk Regt (4957). Archibald is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  109.  Pte Stanley Coates (4/2943, 200973) (b. East Bolden) (e. Newcastle) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  110.  Pte Herbert Dunn (4/2876, 200934) (b. Chester-le-Street) (e. Newcastle) was drafted from the 3/4th NF sometime after 1 Jan 16.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  111. Pte Alfred John Edward Ling (4/4670) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  112.  Knife rest barricades were formed by stringing barbed wire across portable metal X- frames 
  113. 42nd Bde (14th Divn)
  114. The 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) was part of the  42nd Bde, 14th Divn
  115.  Finlayson was attached from the 6th (Territorial) Highland Light Infantry (HLI) 
  116. The 2nd Northumbrian Field Coy RE was one of three in the 50th Divn. It was renumbered to the 447th Field Coy
  117. At the outbreak of the war Gen. Thomas D’Oyly Snow was the GOC 4th Divn,.  He was GOC 27th Divn during 2nd Ypres and took command of VII Corps on 15th July 1915. Snow was heavily criticised for his performance during the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme and the German counterattack at Cambrai in 1917 
  118. An Indent was a requisition order for supplies
  119. 2nd Lt R.C.Morton is thought to have been a Royal Engineer 
  120. The 32nd Infantry Base Depot was one of many situated in the sand dunes on the northern outskirts of Etaples near the infamous ‘Bull Ring’ training ground
  121. The tanks were from ‘A’ Section, ‘10’ Coy, ‘D’ Battalion, 2nd Tank Bde - ()“A” Section was attached to the 4th East Yorkshires (W21) (OH) Their orders were to be at the cross roads north-east of Héninel (N.29.a) by Zero -3 hours. At Zero – 90 minutes hours they were to proceed to the railway cutting (N.24.a.5.0) and be there at Zero hours. They were to advance with the infantry to the cutting (0.19.a). (W21) 783 was to to deal with a strongpoint (O19a.0.7) (bhs) and banks (0.19.b) while the infantry consolidated the Blue Line. Tanks were then to move to N.24.a and await the second advance. At Zero plus 7 hours tanks were to move forward with the infantry to the ‘Tangle’ (O.21.a & b), W21) south of the St Rohart Factory (OH) when the infantry had secured the red line, the tanks were to return to the rallying point in the sunken road (N.29.a.9.6). (W21) 
  122. British Tank Actions of the 1st World War ()
  123. The British Army Iron (Emergency) ration for one man consisted of 1lb preserved meat, 3oz cheese, 12oz biscuit, 5/8 oz tea, 2oz sugar, ½ oz salt and 1oz meat extract
  124.  2nd Lt Robert Johnson is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3 
  125.  30th Divn – Comprised of the 89th, 90th and 91st Infantry Bdes 
  126.  Pte Michael Davidson (4/167) and Pte Matthew Anderson (4/5071, 201960) were transferred from the 8th NF (8/29534) 
  127.  Believed to be John Alexander Burton ex 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. MC citation in Hexham Courant - 22 Dec 1917 
  128.  Pte Thomas Sterling Nichol (23800) 
  129. Sgt Ralph Stobart (4/1364, 200270) (b. Newcastle) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  130. L/Cpl John Prudhoe (4/2258, 200667) (b. Newcastle) (e. Hexham) is commemorated on  the Arras Memorial
  131. Pte James Campbell (4/1154, 200191) (b. Winlaton) (e. Newburn) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  132.  Pte Archibald Betts (202052) (b. Norwich) (e. Norwich) formerly served with the East Yorkshire Regiment (7894) and the Norfolk Regt (4957). Archibald is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  133.  Pte Stanley Coates (4/2943, 200973) (b. East Bolden) (e. Newcastle) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  134.  Pte Herbert Dunn (4/2876, 200934) (b. Chester-le-Street) (e. Newcastle) was drafted from the 3/4th NF sometime after 1 Jan 16.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial 
  135. Pte Alfred John Edward Ling (4/4670) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
  136.  Knife rest barricades were formed by stringing barbed wire across portable metal X- frames 
  137. 42nd Bde (14th Divn)
  138. The 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) was part of the  42nd Bde, 14th Divn
  139.  Finlayson was attached from the 6th (Territorial) Highland Light Infantry (HLI) 
  140. The 2nd Northumbrian Field Coy RE was one of three in the 50th Divn. It was renumbered to the 447th Field Coy
  141. At the outbreak of the war Gen. Thomas D’Oyly Snow was the GOC 4th Divn,.  He was GOC 27th Divn during 2nd Ypres and took command of VII Corps on 15th July 1915. Snow was heavily criticised for his performance during the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme and the German counterattack at Cambrai in 1917 
  142. An Indent was a requisition order for supplies
  143. 2nd Lt R.C.Morton is thought to have been a Royal Engineer 
  144. The 32nd Infantry Base Depot was one of many situated in the sand dunes on the northern outskirts of Etaples near the infamous ‘Bull Ring’ training ground