transcription below is taken from the 11th Battalionn, The Suffolk Regiment
(Cambridgeshires) war diaries, regarding the heavy loss incurred on the
1st July 1916. The original document can also be displayed.
11th (S) Battalion
The Suffolk Regiment,
July 1st, 1916.
letter was received, from the G.0.C. 101st Brigade :-
you please express to your Battalion my admiration for their
gallant conduct in the attack on July 1st, theirs was the hardest
task of any, having the farthest to advance before crossing
our own front line in face of a deadly fire, their courage was
magnificent as in spite of wave after wave being mown down they
fearlessly pressed forward towards their objective and got well
into the German line but unfortunately their numbers were too
few in the end to gain it. No troops could have done better
and I am sure that their advance in this battle will go clown
to posterity as one of the most gallant actions of the War.
R. C. Gore, Brig-General,
Commdg, 101st Infantry Brigade.
following Special order of the day was issued by the G.O.C.
34th DivIsion :-
Divisional Commander congratulates his Troops on the fine
reputation they have earned for themselves. With them he
mourns deeply for our absent comrades."
The G.O.C. III Corps himself addressed the 101st Brigade and
expressed himself as greatly pleased with their performance
in the action.
The following wire was sent by the G.O.C. Fourth Army to the
convey to the 34 th Division my hearty congratulations on
their successes. Whilst regretting their heavy casualties
I desire to express my gratitude for and admir ation of the
determination and gallantry with which they carried out their
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15 August, 2008