Great War Western Front Battle of the Hundred Days Attack on Canteleux Trench 14th September 1918 single Military Medal awarded to Corporal H.J. Birch, 2nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Territorial Force, who was decorated for his bravery i...

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Great War Western Front Battle of the Hundred Days Attack on Canteleux Trench 14th September 1918 single Military Medal awarded to Corporal H.J. Birch, 2nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Territorial Force, who was decorated for his bravery in the attack on Canteleux Trench on 14th September 1918. ‘At 2 p.m. on 14th September two companies attacked the enemy at Canteleux Trench. The Germans put up a strong resistance, but blocks were established well within their lines. Later, the Germans counterattacked but, after fighting which lasted for several hours and cost the Battalion some ground, they were driven back by Lewis gun fire. One Distinguished Conduct Medal and five Military Medal’s were awarded for this action.

Military Medal, GVR bust; (57475 CPL. H.J. BIRCH. 5/LAN: FUS.)

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Henry J. Birch came from Leyton, Essex, and saw service during the Great War as a Corporal (No.57475) with the 2nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Territorial Force. Birch went on to see service out on the Western Front where his battalion formed part of the 164th Brigade in the 55th Division.

Birch was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 14th May 1919 which indicates an award won during August to October 1918 during the final advance, and the “The History of the Lancashire Fusiliers 1914-1918” by Latter notes that Birch was decorated for his bravery in the attack on Canteleux Trench on 14th September 1918.

‘At 2 p.m. on 14th September two companies attacked the enemy at Canteleux Trench. The Germans put up a strong resistance, but blocks were established well within their lines. Company Sergeant Major A. Bullock, who had volunteered to take part in the operation, was in command of one party and himself bombed a line of dug-outs single handed, capturing ten Germans and killing others. He was wounded but refused to leave the line and insisted on carrying on after having his wounds dressed in the forward position. Later, the Germans counterattacked but, after fighting which lasted for several hours and cost the Battalion some ground, they were driven back by Lewis gun fire. Bullock was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, Sergeant J. Chadwick and Lance Corporal’s H.J. Birch, W. Bowman, A.E. Harris and P. Thomas, received the Military Medal for their share in the affair.’