Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:20 PM
The history of the Royal Scots Fusiliers has a brief account of the action, the 1st RSF as usual being the twin battalion of the 2nd Royal Scots in the 8th Brigade. In this action 2 RS were on the right, 1 RSF on the left:
"The 1st RSF also came back in October from Loos with the Third Division, and took its place in the front opposite Serre - the sector which had proved impregnable on the first day of the Somme battle. There it remained for most of the winter, and had a share in the battle of 13th November when Gough attacked between Serre and the Ancre. The assault of the British left wing on Serre failed, as it had failed on 1st July, for that stronghold, being too far removed from the effect of our flanking fire from the Thiepval ridge, presented all the difficulties which had baffled us at the first attempt. The Battalion attacked with A and B Companies at 5.45 am, but owing to the fog and the mud touch was lost with the troops on the flanks; and after penetrating to the enemy second line, where it found the wire uncut, it was compelled, along with the rest of the 8th Brigade, to withdraw and re-form in its original line, whilst its kinsmen of the Fifty-first Division were storming through Beaumont Hamel. It had 201 casualties, and among the officers Lieut H.C.Shutt, and 2nd Lieuts J.M.Kerr, N.H.Grieve, H.G.Gillies, and T.M. Johnson all fell [were killed]."