16th Sept 1917: Heavy shelling greets 22nd Bn in Menin Road front-line

Greig - P07956.002On the night of the 16th/17th September the 22nd Battalion entered the front-line in a sector on the Westhoek Ridge, taking over from the 17th & 19th London Regiments. The 6th Brigade held a double frontage, for the 5th & 7th Brigades were preparing for the attack on the 20th September. During the 48 hour short tour of the front-line valuable reconnaissance and preparatory work was undertaken, but heavy German shelling in response to the Menin Road preparatory bombardment took its toll with 33 men being killed or died of wounds, including Lieut. Greig (photographed 10 days earlier with his V Platoon) from the Gallipoli contingent.

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