20TH (Light) Division Operations (Medical Arrangemenst). 15 Nov 1917

SECRET.
Copy No. 1
20th Div. No. G.32.

20TH (LIGHT) DIVISION OPERATIONS
INSTRUCTIONS NO. 4.
(MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS).

LOCATION OF MEDICAL UNITS. 1. A Prior to Zero.
(1) Battle Aid Posts. Left R.20.a.2.9. (XVI RAVINE) Right R.25.d.4.9.
(2) Relay Posts. (1) R.25.a.8.4. (HOTEL CECIL)
(2) R.19.d.3.7. (near XV RAVINE).
(3) A.D.S. GOUZEAUCOURT, Q.36.d.6.9.
(4) Div. Walking Wounded Collecting Station GOUZEAUCOURT BATHS, Q.36.b.1.4.
(5) H.Q. 60th F.A. (O.C. Bearers) & Bearer Camp, FINS V.12.c.8.8.
(6) Corps Main Dressing Station V.18.c.0.7. FINS – NURLU Road.
(7) Corps Walking Wounded Collecting Station V.18.c.0.7. – FINS – NURLU Road.
(8) Corps Sick Collecting Station. V.18.c.0.7. FINS – NURLU Road.
(9) C.C.S’s. (1) YTRES Group.
(2) TINCOURT Group.

B. At Zero.
(a). An Advanced Battle Aid Post (Right) at R.20.d.7.4. will be taken into use by the right (61st) Bde. The QUARRY (R.25.d.4.9.) will continue to be used for the Reserve Battalion of the 59th Bde. until this is ordered up by B.G.C. 59th Inf. Bde.

(b). A Forward A.D.S. (left) will be established at original left battle aid post R.20.a.2.9. (XVI RAVINE).

(c). An Advanced Battle Aid Post (left) will be established at R.14.a.8.9. (SURREY RAVINE) – destined eventually to become one of the chain of F.A. Relay Posts.

(d). A Forward A.D.S. (right) will similarly be established later at the Advanced Battle Aid Post, R.20.d.7.4.

POSITION OF MEDICAL OFFICERS. 2.

On account of the more open nature of the operations, it has not been feasible to make arrangements for any but the initial positions of Regimental Medical Officers. It has been tentatively arranged that these will be as follows at Zero.
(a). Advanced Left Battle Aid Post. R.14.a.8.9. (SURREY RAVINE). One or more M.O’s of 60th Bde.

(b). Original Left Battle Aid Post. R.20.a.2.9. (XVI RAVINE) One M.O. of 60th Bde. in Reserve until ordered up.

(c). Advanced Right Battle Aid Post. R.20.d.7.4.
(i). One or more M.O’s of 61st Bde.
(ii) One M.O. 61st Bde. remaining here in Reserve until ordered up.

(d). Original Right Battle Aid Post. (QUARRY) R.25.d.4.9.
One M.O. of 59th Bde remaining in Reserve until ordered up.

With the exception of the M.O. of each Bde. whom the B.G’s C. desire to keep in Reserve at first, all R.M.O’s will be prepared to establish R.A.P’s as situation demands.

The Line R.10. central – R.5. central is suggested as possibly suitable as a route of evacuation of wounded, while it may be found convenient to establish posts at the two points mentioned.

Should a considerable advance take place the chain of Field Ambulance posts will be pushed up by the establishment of Relay and Bearer Reserve Posts as may be necessary. The successful accomplishment of this will be largely dependant on the regularity and promptness with which the O.C. Bearers at A.D.S. GOUZEAUCOURT, is kept informed of all changes of position. The paramount importance of the above, as also of maintaining touch with posts left behind, cannot be too strongly emphasised.

EVACUATION. 3.

Cases will be conveyed as usual by Regimental Stretcher Bearers as far back as R.A.P’s, where they will be taken over by the Field Ambulance bearers who have been placed under the orders of the R.M.O. at these posts. (8 bearers to each R.A.P. of 60th and 61st Bdes., 16 in the case of 59th. These bearers will be rationed by the Battalions).

Cases will be conveyed by Relays to the Forward A.D.S’s and back to A.D.S. GOUZEAUCOURT. Wheeled stretchers will be used as much as possible for conveyance of cases back to Ambulance Car Loading Posts, which will be pushed up as far forward as possible as soon as the situation permits.

A Trolley line is being repared, and will be used as soon as the Advanced Battle Aid Post at R.20.d.7.4.4. is taken into use. By means of 4 trolley cars (capable of holding 4 lying cases each) cases will be conveyed to a Relay Post which is being constructed in the Railway Cutting at R.19.d.3.7., whence they will follow the ordinary route of evacuation to GOUZEAUCOURT.

From the A.D.S. GOUZEAUCOURT evacuation will be as follows:-

A. Lying & Sitting cases.

(i). by DECAUVILLE. A service has been arranged for lying and sitting cases by special ambulance trains conveying –
(a) Direct admissions straight through to C.C.S. at YTRES. (As many as possible).
(b) All other cases to FINS detraining point, whence a ferry service of horse ambulances will convey them to the Corps M.D.S.
(ii). Failing the Decauville by Motor Ambulance Cars direct from A.D.S. GOUZEAUCOURT, to C.C.S. at YTRES.

B. Walking Wounded.
Walking wounded will be directed to Div. W.W.C. Station established in the GOUZEAUCOURT BATHS. From here they will be conveyed by charabancs and possibly by Decauville (empty ammunition trains) to FINS, and thence to the Corps W.W. Station which has been established next to the Corps M.D.S.

From the Corps W.W. Station evacuation will be by Decauville to C.C.S’s at TINCOURT. Failing the latter a ferry service of busses will be used.

DIVISIONAL STRETCHER COY. 4.

The Divisional Stretcher Coy. has been re-organised and instructed, and will be utilised, if required, to assist in the work of clearing the battlefield. They will be controlled by O.C. Collecting F.A. (60th ) at A.D.S. (GOUZEAUCOURT) – with the exception of the section drawn from and attached to 59th Bde., which will come under orders of B.G.C. 59th Bde. at Zero, and will be rationed by the 59th Bde.

Calls for the services of the Divl Stretcher Coy. (with the exception of the 59th Bde. Section above mentioned), will be addressed to O.C. Collecting F.A., GOUZEAUCOURT A.D.S., direct.

CORPS SICK COLLECTING STATION. 5.

A Corps Sick Collecting Station has been established next to the C.M.D.S. and C.W.W.C.S. on the FINS – NURLU Road, and will deal with ALL sick, both from the forward and surrounding areas. Cases will be conveyed by charabancs or busses to the C.R.S. at MOISLAINS.

DUMPS. 6.

Dumps of Stretchers, Blankets, extra Dressings etc will be formed at Relay Posts as early as possible.

ACKNOWLEDGE.

J. McD Haskard
Lieut. Colonel,
General Staff, 20th Division.
15th Nov., 1917.

Distribution overleaf.

Copies to:–
No 1. G.O.C.
2. “G”.
3. “A”.
4. 59th Inf. Bde.
5. 60th Inf. Bde.
6. 61st Inf. Bde.
7. B.G. R.A.
8. C.R.E.
9. Divl. Signals.
10. Divl. Pioneers.
11. Divl. M.G. Coy.
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13. }
14. }
15. } A.D.M.S.
16. }
17. }
18. }
19. D.M.G.O.
20. A.P.M.
21. III Corps.
22. War Diary.
23. File.

20TH (Light) Division Operations. Instructions No 7. 18 November 1917

G.O.C.
SECRET.
Copy No. 1
20 DNG67
SECRET.
20TH (LIGHT) DIVISION OPERATIONS. INSTRUCTIONS NO 7.
3RD STAGE.

1. As soon as the 29th Div. has captured the MASNIERES – BEAUREVOIR line, East and North of MASNIERES, its right flank, held by the 88th Inf. Bde., will rest on the Canal about G.27.c.4.8.
The 59th Inf. Bde. will push forward its left flank to get into touch with the right of the 29th Div. on the Canal at the above mentioned place.

2. In order to carry out the 3rd Stage as early as possible, it is essential that every advantage be taken of any demoralization of the enemy which may occur during the 1st and 2nd Stages to push forward Advanced Guards boldly.
It is also important that the original breach be widened as soon as possible towards both flanks by turning and operating against the flanks of the hostile troops holding the line of defence.

3. The Lucknow Cav. Bde., under the orders of G.O.C. III Corps, will be raiding Southwards in the direction of WALINCOURT for the purpose of widening the original breach.

4. In pursuance of the above object future action will be as follows:-
(a) The 29th Div. will, when they have secured the ground mentioned in para. 1 and the detachment mentioned in para. 3 have passed through, push out and hold the edge of the spur in G.23.c. & d., sending Tanks, supported by infantry, into CREVECOEUR to clear the village and seize the crossings.
(b) The 59th Inf. Bde. will move forward 2 Bns simultaneously with the advance of the 29th Div., and establish a line on the BONAVIS – CREVECOEUR ridge overlooking the LES RUES DES VIGNES, and extend this line to about G.35.a.1.9., where the right of the 29th Div. will rest. The remaining 2 Bns will move up in close support.
This line is to be at once consolidated.
On relief of the 2 Troops 1/1 Northumberland Yeo by the infantry on this position, the Cavalry will withdraw and remain with the 59th Inf. Bde. H.Q. until further orders.
(c) The 61st Inf. Bde will move to the vicinity of LES RUES VETRES, G.26. in support of the advance of the 29th Div., keeping South of the Canal.
(d) The 60th Inf. Bde. will move to about L.35.b. & d. in support of the above dispositions.

5. The action outlined above is dependent upon the course of the battle, but it is intended if possible to carry out these moves on the afternoon of ‘Z’ day, and if that is not possible, to push on at dawn on Z+1 day.

6. In order not to interfere with the rapid exploitation of successes, artillery action against the following places will cease on the hours detailed below:-
LES RUES DES VIGNES – Z plus 360
CREVECOEUR – Z plus 320
MASNIERES – Z plus 250
MARCOING – Z plus 235
Any bombardment by heavy artillery of these places after the above hours will only be carried out at the request of the Divisions concerned.
7. The further action of our troops, which is intended to set free the Cavalry for active work in a North-easterly direction, and which will take place on Z+1 day, can be outlined as follows:-
(a) At 6.15 a.m., the 61st Bde. will advance and take over the front of the 29th Div. between the Canal and H.19.a.; the point of junction between 29th Div and 61st Inf. Bde. will be on the track in H.19.a.
(b) The 60th Inf. Bde. will move into Div. Reserve at LES RUES VERTES, G.26. and be prepared to support either Bde.

8. In order to render the flank more secure, it is proposed, on ‘Z’ night, to destroy the bridges at LES RUES DES VIGNES and BANTEUX. The destruction of the bridges at LES RUES DES VIGNES will be undertaken by the 20th Div and at BANTEUX by the 12th Div.
It is also intended to clear the enemy with Tanks from the Western bank of the Canal between BANTEUX and CREVECOEUR.
The 59th Inf. Bde. will co-operate with the 12th Div in carrying out these operations, which will form the subject of subsequent orders.

9. The boundary between the 12th Div. and the 59th Inf. Bde. on the BONAVIS – CREVECOEUR spur will run from M.3.c.0.6. to the Canal at M.10.a.5.3.

ACKNOWLEDGE.

T. McN. Haskard
Lieut. Col.
General Staff, 20th Division.
18th Nov, 1917.
Copies to:-
No. 1. G.O.C.
2. “G”
3.”A”
4. 59th Inf. Bde.
5. 60th Inf. Bde.
6. 61st Inf. Bde.
7. B.G., R.A.
8. C.R.E.
9. Div. Signals.
10. A.D.M.S.
11.) 12.) 3rd Bde. Tank Corps.
13.)
14. III Corps.
15. III Corps R.A,.
16. 6th Div.
17. 12th Div.
18. 29th Div.
19. 59th Sqdn R.F.C.
20. III Corps Cavalry.
21. Lieut. The Hon. C.F.N. RAMSAY 1/1 Northumberland Yeo.
22. D.M.G.O.
23. War Diary.
24. File.

53 Infantry Brigade Order 108 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade Order 108 22 October 1917

SECRET. B.M. Copy No: – 2.
22nd October, 1917.
53rd Inf. Brigade Order No. 108.
1. 11th R. Fus, and 12th Middlesex will relieve 10th Essex R. and 8th Norf. R. in the line this evening.

2. 1 Coy. 11th R. Fus. has captured TRACAS FARM.

3. This Coy will continue to hold the ground captured.
1 Coy will take over the front E. of MEUNIER HO.
The other 2 Coys. will be disposed about GLOSTER FARM and V.20.a.5.0.
Bn. H.Q. at V.19.a.6.1.
A forward O.P. and R.C. will be established at V.19.b.4.1., the present Bde. O.P.

4. 12th Middlesex R. will hold the Bde. front N. of the SPRIET Road with 1 Coy., with 1 Coy. In support about the BREWERY, 1 platoon of this Company forming garrison for the S.P. at REQUETE FARM.
Bn. H.Q. at V.19.a.6.1.
2 Coys. 12th Middlesex will be held in Bde. Reserve about ROSE TRENCH for immediate counter-attack.
H.Q. Counter-attack Coys:- PHEASANT FARM.
5. 53rd M.G. Coy will remain in their present position.

6. 3 Secs 79th Fd. Coy. R.E. and attached platoons making S.Ps. will continue to garrison them tonight.

7. Boundary between Bns. Will be the SPRIET – POELCAPPELLE – NEW HOUSES Road inclusive to the 12th Middlesex R.
Bde. boundaries will be as follows:- on the South – LEKKERBOTERBEEK; on the North – a line from V.14.b.2.2. – V.19.a.2.2.

8. All details of relief to be arranged between C.O.s concerned.

9. On completion of relief, 10th Essex R. and 8th Norf. R. will withdraw to CANE TRENCH.

10. Completion of relief to be reported to Brigade H.Q. by the code work TRAMWAY.

ACKNOWLEDGE BY WIRE.
John D. Crosthwaite
Captain,
Brigade Major, 53rd Inf. Bde.
Issued at: – 2/30 p.m.
Copy No:-
1. G.O.G. 15. 10th Essex R.
2. B.M. 16. 11th R. Fus.
3. S.C. 17. 12th Middlesex R.
4. Sig. O. 18. 54th Inf. Bde. .
5. Supply. O. 19. 55th Inf. Bde.
6. T.O. 20. 54th T.M.B.
7. Norf. R. 21. 55th T.M.B.
8. Suff. R. 22. 102nd Inf Bde.
9. R. Berks. R. 23. 27th Inf. Bde.
10. 53rd M.G.C. 24. 18th Div “G”
11. 53rd T.M.B. 25. 18th Div “Q”.
12. 79th Fd. Coy R.E. 26. Bde. H.Q. Rear.
13. 56th Fd. Amb. 27. A.P.M. 18th Div.
14. 151st Coy. A.S.C. 28. War Diary.
29. War Diary.
30. File.

53 Infantry Brigade Order 107 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade Order 107 22 October 1917

SECRET. Copy No:-
22nd October, 1917.
53rd Inf. Brigade Order No. 107.
1. 11th R. Fus. will carry out the attack on TRACAS FARM with 1 Coy in accordance with instructions issued in my B.O 51 of to-day’s date.
2. O.C. 11th R. Fus will inform Brigade H.Q. of the Zero hour he wishes, at once. This is not to be later than 4 p.m.
ACKNOWLEDGE BY WIRE.

John D. Crosthwaite,
Captain,
Brigade Major 53rd Infantry Brigade.
Issued at 1 p.m.
Copy No. 1. G.O.C.
2. O.C. 11th R. Fus.
3. Norf. R.
4. Essex R.
5. 18th Div. “G”

53 Infantry Brigade B.O. 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade B.O. 22 October 1917

SECRET. 53rd Inf. Bde No. B. O. 51.
11R. Fus. R.
10th Essex R. )
8th Norf. R. ) For information.
18th Div “G” )

In the event of all objectives of Brigade being gained, 11th R. Fus. will be prepared to exploit success by the capture and consolidation of TRACAS FARM.
The attack will be carried out by one of the two Coys. which have been detailed as counter-attacking troops.
This Coy. will form up in the Valley North of BEEK HOUSES and will attack and capture the line: – V.20.d.6.0. – TRACAS FARM – V.20.d.6.8. including the MEBUS at V.20.d.40.75.
10th Essex R. will cooperate by bringing fire to bear on the enemy from MEUNIER HILL, and will push forward and get in touch with 11th R. Fus. about V.20.d.6.8.
Immediately TRACAS FARM has been taken, 11th R. Fus. will push forward one platoon to capture, consolidate, and hold the enemy Strong Point at V.21.c.0.6.
11th R. Fus. will establish a Strong Point about V.20.d.6.0. and get in touch with 27th (Lowland) Brigade on the Right.
Please acknowledge by wire.
John D. Crosthwaite,
Captain,
Brigade Major, 53rd Infantry Brigade.
22nd Oct. 1917.
Issued at 12/20 p.m.

53 Infantry Brigade note of Objective 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade note of Objective 22 October 1917

B.M.
SECRET. 53rd Inf. Bde. No. B.O. 64
Norf. R.
Essex R.
R. Fus.
Middlesex R.
27th Inf. Bde.
102nd Inf. Bde.
18th Div. “G”
1. The final objective of to-day’s operations is to be retained as the main line of defence.
2. An advanced Post has been established at TRACAS FARM, and patrols are pushing out to try and occupy CAMERON HO.
3. O.C. 8th Norf. R. will push forward patrols and attempt to make good the line V.15.c.0.0. – 08 and thence to the objective line at V.15.b.2.2.
ACKNOWLEDGE BY WIRE.
John D. Crosthwaite,
Captain,
Brigade Major, 53rd Infantry Brigade.
22nd Oct. 17.
Issued at 2/30 p.m.

53 Infantry Brigade medical instructions 21 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade medical instructions 21 October 1917

SECRET. B.M.
53rd Inf. Bde. No. S.C. 22
Copy No: – 2
POELCAPPELLE OPERATIONS II.
Medical arrangements already issued are cancelled, and substituted by the following which come into force on “Z” day.
1. The O.C. 56th Fd. Ambulance will be responsible for evacuation of the wounded in the forward area.
2. Bn. Medical Officers will arrange location of Regtl. Aid Posts.
Collecting Post: – THE TANKS V.19.c.7.1.
Relay Posts: – (i). U.30.d.2.8.
(ii). U.29.d.7.4.
(iii). MON de RASTA C.5.a.8.1.
(iv). PALACE FARM C.4.d.6.4.
Advanced Dressing Stn: – MINTY FARM C.10.c.2.7.
Divisional Walking Wounded Collecting Post: – RUDOLPH FARM C.3.d.5.*.
XVIII Corps Main Dressing Stn: – DUHALLOW C.25.d.3.0.
XVIII Corps Walking Wounded Collecting Post: – IRISH FM. C.27.a.2.6.
3. Scheme of Evacuation.
(a). Walking sick and wounded will be sent by the duckboard track to RUDOLPH FARM and thence will be conveyed by petrol train and horsed ambulances to IRISH FARM.
(b). Lying and sitting sick and wounded will be brought to Reg. Aid Posts by Reg. Stretcher Bearers, thence they will be conveyed by a series of relays of R.A.M.C. bearers. The route will be
(i) By hand to U.30.d.2.8.
(ii). By push tram to MINTY FARM C.15.c.9.5.
The XVIII Corps are responsible for evacuation of wounded from MINTY FARM.
4. Personnel.
The O.C. 56th Fd. Amb. will be responsible for the evacuation of sick and wounded in the forward area. He will have under his command the 56th F. A. Tent Division and the bearer division of the 54th, 55th, and 56th F.A’s. 8 R.A.M.C. bearers will be attached to each R.M.O. to carry between the Reg. Aid Post and the foremost R.A.M.C. Post. All horsed ambulances, Ford Cars and wheeled stretchers in the Div will be at the disposal of O.C. 56th F.A. The tent Divs. of 54th and 55th F.A’s are working under the XVIII Corps.
5. Various.
The greatest care must be taken to avoid waste of stretchers and blankets; a serious shortage in their supply is threatened.
6. Sick from the Area West of the Canal.
In event of casualties from bombs West of the Canal, Ambulance Cars will be found at the following points:-
(i). DUHALLOW. (ii) BRIELEN. (iii) GWALIA FARM (iv) C.S.C. Depot.
S.J. Price,
Captain,
Staff Captain, 53rd Inf. Bde.
21st Oct. 17
Copy No 1. G.O.C. 13 11th R. Fus. 25. War Diary.
2. B.M. 14. 54th T.M.B. 26. War Diary.
3. S.C. 15. 55th T.M.B. 27. File.
4. Supply O. 16. 54th M.G.C.
5. B.T.O. 17. 151st Coy. A.S.C.
6. Norf. R. 18. 56th Fd. Amb.
7. Suff. R. 19. 79th Fd. Coy R.E.
8. Essex R. 20. Bde. Dumps O.
9. R. Berks. R. 21. 54th Inf. Bde.
10. M.G.C. 22. 55th Inf. Bde.
11. T.M.B. 23. 18th Div “G”.
12. 7th Queens R. 24. 18th Div “Q”.

SECRET.
53rd Inf. Bde. No. S.C. 21
The following Amendments are made to ADMINISTRATIVE INSTNS. issued under 53rd Inf. Bde. No. S.C./Y/2. Dated 9th Oct 17.
1. Ammunition (S.A.A. & Grenades).
Para: 2 delete.
Para:3 delete and substitute the following:-
PHEASANT DELTA
Snipe H. BULOW FARM. FARM. HOUSE.
S.A.A. 180.000 rds. 12.000 rds. 66.000 rds.
No. 5 Grenades. 84 “ 500 rds. 850 “
No. 23 “ 200 “
No. 24 “ 260 “ 160 rds 160 rds 100 “
No. 20 “ 60 “
No. 26 “ 180 rds.
T.M.C. “ 96 “ 84 “
V.P.A.1” White 150 “ 600 rds.
Water Tins. 32 tins

Battn. H.Q. Battn. H.Qrs. S.A.A. Reserves.
V.19.a.7.2. 60.000 rds
V.19.a.2.6. 60.000 rds
2. Supply Arrangements.
Para: 4 delete, and substitute:-
(a). 2280 Barrage Rations at Fd. Div. Dump TRAM TERMINUS.
(b). 890 Barrage Rations at Brigade Dump CAT HOUSE.
(c) 440 Barrage Rations at DELTA HOUSE.
3. Water.
Para: 1 delete.
Para:2 delete “400” and read “930 Petrol Tins filled”.
After Para: 2 add:-
“210 Petrol Tins filled at Div. Emergency Dump TRAM TERMINUS.
165 do DELTA HOUSE.
21 do Bde Tram Terminus Dump marked with RED flag.
S.J. Price,
Captain,
Staff Captain, 53rd Inf. Bde.
21st Oct. 17
Copy No 1. G.O.C. 13 11th R. Fus. 25. War Diary.
2. B.M. 14. 54th T.M.B. 26. War Diary.
3. S.C. 15. 55th T.M.B. 27. File.
4. Supply O. 16. 54th M.G.C.
5. B.T.O. 17. 151st Coy. A.S.C.
6. Norf. R. 18. 56th Fd. Amb.
7. Suff. R. 19. 79th Fd. Coy R.E.
8. Essex R. 20. Bde. Dumps O.
9. R. Berks. R. 21. 54th Inf. Bde.
10. M.G.C. 22. 55th Inf. Bde.
11. T.M.B. 23. 18th Div “G”.
12. 7th Queens R. 24. 18th Div “Q”.