Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:33 PM
The 8th were holding a position on the 19th which had been taken by their sidekicks, the Camerons. here is Wauchope,
" At 5.30 AM on the 19th, the Germans started a counter attack by bombing.; on the right D company easily held its own, an attack with a flammenwerfer being stopped by Pte Tait with a well aimed Mills bomb. On the left things went badly, the South Africans were bombed out of their trench and crowded into C company's line, completely blocking the trench. The German bombers were close after them and, hurling their bombs into the overcrowded trench, inflicted heavy casualties on C company. 2nd Lt Anderson was killed while trying to organise a counter attack. and the Co, Commander and CSM were both wounded. During the confusion which followed the Germans succeeded in capturing C company's line and pressed down on to A, but a counter attack, headed by 2nd Lts Campsie and Craven, drove them back; Craven was unfortunately killed and Campsie wounded.
At 7.30 AM Captain Taylor brought up B company which had been in support and by vigorous bombing attacks succeeded in recapturing C company's line, with the result that by noon the 8th had retaken the whole of its line, though touch with the Sout Africans was not regained until 5 pm, when the whole position was reoccupied."
Resume of the rest.
It p**ed down all day and the trenches were in " an appalling state". Early on the 20th, they were pulled out for reorganization, relieved by 12 Royal Scots.
That's about it Tom. I got your man's name from list of men killed there is no mention of him in the text. About what we expect. My guess would be that Pte Tait was decorated for bowffing the flammenwerfer so got a mention. If there is any more you would like, just whistle.
I may just be at the Kail Kirk on Saturday.