Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:29 pm
According to the divisional history, the 7th Camerons were engaged in fighting off a counter attack to their advance at 0855 on that morning, which took the 'Elbow' of the elbow switch (trench).
The counter attack retook the Elbow and was only stopped through the swift actions of Captain McCrae and 2 Lt Orr ( both 7th Camerons) who formed a trench block just east of the Elbow.
'When the attack was made, the Camerons had run out of bombs and endeavoured to defend the captured trench with the only weapons at their disposal, the picks and shovels they were using to consolidate it, and which, as a last resort they threw at the advancing Germans. Luckily two plattons of the 9th Gordons were on the spot carrying up trench boards. With their assistance and that of some men of the HLI, a chain was formed, and bombs passed up to the new front line.'.....
Gallantly and well did the Camwerons hold on to their gains, and their efforts were not unavailing. At 2pm a company of the 8th Seaforths, 44th Brigade, arrived on the scene and with it and his own battalion Col Marsh (7th Camerons) proceeded to organise a further attack on the Elbow Switch. Launched about 4 o'clock, this was completely successful, the Elbow being retaken and consolidated with very little trouble. In this work a company of the 9th Black Watch, under Capt. Binnie, did most excellent work in conjunction with the Seaforths and Camerons'
Seeing this success, there was a further attack from the HLI trench, by Lt Anderson and a dozen HLI who 'joined in the struggle', with Pte McGarvie of D coy doing good work in capturing a German MG post. A block was established 120 yds east of the elbow, and consolidated.
'By 7.30pm everything was satisfactorily organised, and the captured trench securely held by a mixed party of HLI and Seaforths. During the night all was quiet. Patrols frojm the 8th Seaforths covered the whole of the new front, and found nothing unusual. Several small parties of the enemy were seen cowering in shell holes, but these invariably fled on the approach of the patrols'
In total in August 1916, the battn lost 34 KIA,191 WIA and 24 MIA amongst the ORs
Hope that gives you an idea of what was going on.