ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS, No 736 24 September 1917

By Major-General W. DOUGLAS SMITH C.B.
Commanding 20th (Light) Division
Monday 24th September, 1917.


Under authority granted by His Majesty the King, the Corps Commander has awarded the MILITARY MEDAL to —
61070 Driver H. BAKER, R.E.
(XIV Corps No 2739, dated 22/9/17)
14840 Sergeant D. GREY King’s (Liverpool Regt.)
25947 Private F. FELTHAM, Somerset L.I.
26005 Private A.W. STEBBINGS, Somerset L.I.
(XIV Corps No 2743/44, dated 23/9/17)
The Corps and Divisional Commanders congratulate the recipients.


The following telegrams with reference to the operations against EAGLE Trench on Sunday, September 23rd, are published for information —
(i). “20th Div. G.
G.750. 23 —
Well done everybody, a very fine performance of 59th and 60th Bdes and 61st T.M.s and M.G.s; sincere thanks and congratulations for a grand light infantry division. Stick to it. CAVAN
4-56 p.m.”

“14th Corps.
G.B. 657. 23 G.750.
All ranks deeply appreciate kind message from Corps Commander under whom they have had the good fortune to serve so long.
20th Div.”

(ii). “General SMITH, 20th Div.
M.A.5. 23. —
The tenacity gallantry and skill which your Division showed over the operations round EAGLE Trench are very fine. Please accept my congratulations and expressions of admiration to you and all ranks of your gallant Division.
General GOUGH.”

“Fifth Army.
G.B.658. 23 M. A.5.
All ranks deeply appreciate inspiring message from their Army Commander and offer best thanks.
20th Div.”

(iii). “Gen DOUGLAS SMITH, 20th Div.
G.504. 23. —
Many Congratulations to you and your Division on to-days success.
Genl. PLUMER, Second Army.
10-5 p.m.”.

“Second Army
G.B. 666. 24. G.504
All ranks send warm thanks to their former Army Commander for his kind message which they much appreciate.
20th Div.”

A Board will assemble at “Q” Office, Div H.Q., at 10 a.m., Tuesday, 25th instant, to audit the accounts of the Divisional Institutes:— President.
Major H.P. LLOYD Durham L.I.
One Captain to be detailed by 59th Inf. Bde.
One Captain to be detailed by 60th Inf. Bde.

C.R.O. No. 446, dated 25th June, is re-published below:-
“1. No huts, tents, camp shelters or billet furniture and fixings are to be removed from the camps or areas to which they have been allotted, unless instructions to the contrary are issued from Corps H.Q. Severe disciplinary action will be taken against all infringements of this order.
2. The tents of Labour Units belong to such Units, and will accompany them when they move.
3. This order is to be repeated in the Routine Orders of all lower Formations and Uuits.”

A.A. & Q.M.G.


1 No Administrative Orders were published on Sunday, 23/9/17.

(a). Bay Gelding with black points. Strayed from near DAWSON’S CORNER at 11 a.m. on 22nd September 1917. Markings;– Near fore hoof “7”, off fore hoof “A 92” , near hind hoof “T-RHA”.
(b). Also one set of universal Saddlery. Saddle marked “F.X.” in white paint on webbing under seat. Head bridle marked “F”.
Information to O.C. A/92nd Brigade R.F.A.

3. LOST. (a) Chestnut Gelding, near BRIELEN, on night of 19th September 1917. Description:– Dark Chestnut. Star on forehead. 16 hands. Tattooed on gums. “X2 56” branded near hind quarters. Saddled and bridled, and carrying empty ammunition carriers, horse respirator, and feed.
(b) Chestnut Mare, near BRIELEN, on night 19th September, 1917. Description:– Dark Chestnut. 15 hands. Tattooed on gums. “X2 7” branded on near hind quarters. Saddled and bridled, and carrying horse respirator and feed.
Both belong to 126th Battery R.F.A.

3rd Bde Tanks.

G.A. 217. 21st.

G.O.C. 20th Div. wishes to convey to you and all ranks your command his appreciation and thanks for the very gallant and whole-hearted services rendered to his Div. in late attack which were the main factors in obtaining a great success.

20th Div.
20th Div.

F.A.50. 21st

The Third Bde Tank Corps appreciate very much your message and hope to have the honour of participating again in the successes of your gallant Division.

3rd Bde. Tank Corps.


3rd Army.

G.B. 540. 25th.

All ranks of this Division wish to express their pleasure at the promotion of the Army Commander to the rank of General.

20th Division.


G.O.C. 20th Div.

B.12. 25th.

Please express my sincere appreciation of kind message. I remember with pride the gallant part played by the 20th Division in the recent victory.

Gen. Byng.

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