Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:54 pm
From The History of the Dorset Regiment 1914-1919, late on the 22nd of April 1917 the Battalion moved into the support lines on Orange Hill in the Arras sector.
The objective of the Divion was a lately dug trench called Bayonet trench running north from Monchy Le Preux for 1,000 yards across the line gained on the 12th April but abandoned on the 12th April.
The Dorsets started theday at 03;00 hrs in the support line for the first attack and by 08:45 hrs had moved up to the old sunken road right aginst the river with the HQ under the railway.
A lull of 6 to 7 hrs followed while the attacking Brigade wents it way, but at 15:20 hrs orders came for the Dorsets to attack Bayonet & Rifle Trenches with the West Yorks on thier right, thier is mention of some confusion with the artillery orders the barrage was suddenly advanced by half an hour and due to a "unfurtunate misunderstanding" deprived them of the Corps artillery support.
It would appear that the unhappy experinces of April 12 were repeated and machine gun fire from the north was deadly, also the wire had not been cut the laeding companies got within 30 yards of the German Line in front of Lone Copse but no further and by 20:00 hrs the effiort was a definite failure.
Soon after 22:00 both Battalions were ordered to hand over the ground they had gained and they retired back to the sunken road.
This disappointing action cost the lives of Lieuts Plamer & Tilloston, 5 other officers were wounded and 104 other ranks were either killed, wounded or missing.
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