The Ypres Salient - CWGC

At around 1.50am on the morning of 23 April Colonel Geddes, who commanded an improvised detachment of British battalions - including elements of 2nd Buffs, 3rd Middlesex and 1/5th King's Own (Royal Lancaster) - was ordered to advance and counter-attack with other units in order to link up with the Canadians in Kitchener's Wood. The 3rd Middlesex in the course of their advance linked up with 1st and 4th Canadian Battalions and, passing over Hill Top Ridge, came under heavy German fire from Mauser Ridge; lacking artillery support they were unable to take the enemy positions and the British and Canadians, helplessly exposed, were shelled (including gas shells) mercilessly for the entire morning.


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