Posted 30 October 2002 - 08:29 pm
No connections to the Green Howards (69th Bde, 23 Div), but I have the 23rd Division's history. I'm not clear from your post whether your Great Grandfather was still with his battalion in April 1918 - if so he should have been in Italy!
In 1917, the division was in the line as follows:-
6 to 29/04/17 Hill 60 (9th there was the German attack)
12/05 to 13/06/17 Hill 60 (7th was Battle of Messines)
30/06 to 23/07/17 Hill 60
26/08/17 to 02/09/17 Menin Road
14/09 to 24/09 Menin Road (20th Inverness Copse & Tower Hamlets)
27/09 to 03/10/17 Menin Road (30th Sep 1st German attack, 1st Oct 2nd German attack)
10/10 to 23/10/17 Polygon Wood
November off to sunny Italy - to sighs of relief I would think!
The history also records a total of 16 Croix de Guerre awarded to members of the division.