By Anon.,Alan H. Maude
this can be the tale of the 2d London department, which was once numbered forty seven in could 1915 while the TF divisions have been allotted numbers. The background of the 56th (1st London) department has already been reprinted by way of N & M Press. The forty seventh left for France in March 1915, the second one TF department to reach there. 1915 used to be a hectic 12 months for the department. In could it was once within the Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert and in September/October it was once at bogs and the Hohenzollern Redoubt pain a few 4,200 casualties in all. the 1st months of 1916 have been spent in reserve and within the Vimy area, combating amid the craters, battling which fee the department 2,100 killed, wounded and lacking. In August the department moved south to the Somme. It captured excessive wooden on 15 September, throughout the conflict of Flers-Courcelette, an motion during which it skilled the fiercest scuffling with within the complete of its provider at the Western entrance. The divisional historical past files that during 4 days it suffered 4,500 casualties, greater than within the 4 battles of 1915 mixed. regardless of the good fortune the GOC, Major-General C. Barter, used to be disregarded and despatched domestic weeks later, charged with ‘wanton waste of men.’ He used to be as a consequence exonerated and knighted, even though his calls for for an legit enquiry have been refused. One can't support feeling that the one that must have long past used to be the corps commander, Pulteney. The lately restored divisional memorial is at the fringe of the wooden, beside the Martinpuich-Longueval highway, and at the different aspect of the line is the London Cemetery, named after the department. In October the department left the Somme and went north to the Ypres salient the place it remained for nearly a 12 months, as a rule within the sector of the Bluff and Hill 60. the key conflict during which it took half in this interval used to be at Messines, in June, the place it was once one of many attacking divisions following the explosion of the mines alongside Messines Ridge. In September the department left the Salient and moved right down to the Gavrelle-Oppy entrance, relieving the 63rd (RN) department. They have been now in Horne’s First military. After a remain of simply months the department moved back, right down to Byng’s 3rd military the place it used to be in motion within the defence of Bourlon wooden throughout the Cambrai conflict, recording the 3rd optimum casualty checklist of all of the divisions concerned - 3,357. while the Germans introduced their offensive in March 1918 the forty seventh department used to be within the line within the Flesquieres salient, in V Corps, at the severe correct of 3rd military. Over the following six days the department performed a combating withdrawal until, on 26 March it crossed the Ancre the place the enemy develop was once dropped at a halt. paradoxically, the division’s line of retreat had taken it via excessive wooden which it had captured at nice price eighteen months prior. within the ultimate develop to victory the department, now in Fourth military, retraced its steps in the course of the Somme battlefield until eventually, in October it got here lower than command 5th military within the operations in Artois. nearly its ultimate act used to be to make the legit access into Lille on 28 October, led through the military Commander, common Birdwood, whereas the bands performed and the crowds cheered. it is a stable heritage, with extra pictures and illustrations than the other and extremely sturdy maps. there are many appendices delivering info on various matters: Order of conflict and adjustments; accomplished lists of Commanders and Staffs in addition to COs of infantry, artillery, engineer, clinical devices and divisional teach and all their alterations; record of honours and awards together with VCs; short ancient notes at the devices that served within the department; the divisional leisure troupe ‘The Follies’ and extra besides.