TOUGHER George: Private 24015: 2nd Battalion: London Gazette 18.7.1917, for devotion to duty on 28th May 1917,
(Exeter Castle), in a raid on the Hair Pin Craters,
by your great courage in returning to the enemy trenches in broad daylight after a raid was over,
and staying there for 10 minutes looking for an officer who was supposed to have been left behind wounded.
A Rawlinson June 1917 Major General- Commander 6th Division
28th At 5am we carried out a raid consisting of 6 officers and 133 other ranks on the enemy front and support line
trenches between G.11.b 92/40 and G.12.a. 23/26 (Quarries).
All objectives were reached, the raiders remained in the German Trenches for the prescribed length of time (27 Minutes)
and blew in several dugouts with mobile charges.
11 German bodies were left in the trench and 1 German who was wounded and ran into a dugout had a mobile charge
thrown into the dugout after him.
2 German prisoners (unwounded) were brought back.
The artillery barrage was excellent but several casualties were caused by the enemy retaliation with minnies.
Killed 9 O.Rs died of wounds
2 O.Rs wounded 1 officer and 2 O.Rs of the wounded 5 remained on duty.
The officer wounded was 2nd Lieut. Cousins. 2nd Lieut. D’arras who was detailed to put up a bombe barrage was
slightly wounded in the wrist just before the raid, but carried on with his task and is at duty.
In Command Major C.L Addison-Smith
O.C Assault - Lt. W.A Platt
Os.C Parties - 2nd Lts. Wildbore, Patterson, Trohear, Whiteleg.
2nd Lt. Cousins who had previously patrolled the ground led the raiders over.
Anzacs, Canadian & Australians. War tours can be arranged for you.
The tour of the battle grounds will be with a professional guide & will include Vimmy, the Somme, Verdun,
Ypres salient -also known as Leper and wipers - Thiepval, Albert, mailly maillet, serre,
Newfoundland, Sheffield, memorial park, ocean ville, ocean villa, Beaumont hammel, hawthorn ridge,
ulster tower, pozieres, lochnagar, locknagar, devil, delville wood, les bouefs, ancre. Visit Tommy or
tommies café, y ravine, the danger tree.
Flanders field museum, visit the trenches or the great war.
See hell fire corner, hill 60 and hill 62. Tyne cott and hooge crater with its museum all in an area called passchendale.
See the last post at the menin gate, go to plug street, toc house in poperinge then on to the firing post,
at which some of those shot at dawn were executed. Learn about what happened on July 1st 1916.
battles of 1914 – 1918. the front line will never seem the same. See a cemetery where Victoria cross holder is
commemorated. Stay on the somme in bed and breakfast with English speaking hosts.
accommodation in the French village of mailly-maillet chamber d’hotes hotel.
All travel details can be found on the web site. Motorcycle tours are available for all those with a motor bike,
in a club a group or individual. Tours can be for groups or clubs or individuals, if you have an interest in history
and the wars battle field experience is for you. details of accommodation, tourist information and how to get around with easy to use maps.