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THE BRITISH TROOPS.

HEROIC DEEDS IN FLANDERS.

BROKEN BY SHEER NUMBERS, BUT INVARIABLY RALLIED. HOW THEY TOOK GHELUVELT. LONDON, November 29. Sir John French, continuing his despatch dealing with the work of the British troops after their transfer from the Aiene lines to Flanders, states that as to the attack of the Prussian Guards, who came from Arras with great speed and secrecy, documents found proved that the Guards received the Emperor’s special command to break through where their comrades had failed. They were repulsed with enormous losses. Sir Douglas Haig, assisted by divisional and brigade commanders, held the line with marvellous courage. Words failed to express his admiration of the incalculable services they rendered. The first corps was brilliantly supported by Byng’s Cavalry. The names of Brigadier Bnllin wnd Brigadier Cavanagh were particularly mentioned, also Brigadier Fitzclarence and the Earl of Cavan.

The report adds: “W© are now possibly at the last stages of the battle of YpresAraventieree. I regret the heavy casualties, but at- least thrice as many enemy were placed hors de combat.”

General French, in reference to the fight at Gheluvclt (between Courtrai and Yprcs), states that on October 31 General Haig considered the position serious. The Gormans had been suddenly reinforced by an array corps, and General Haig’s corps was facing three army corps under General Von dcr Limling. whose army order was found on a prisoner. It declared that the Kaiser considered the breaking through at Ypres of vital importance to' the success of the war.

An all-day attack against General Haig was tho must important and most decisive, except that of the Prussian Guards. French supports failed to arrive, a heavy attack broke the line of General Haig’s first division, and the Scottish Fusiliers were cut off and surrounded. The Gerniansi shelled the headquarters of the first and second divisions, killing six of tho staff officers and wounding both commanders.

I General Haig again ordered hia ant corps to resist at all costs. The first d vision rallied, bub the other divisions ar | brigades were forced to yield time afti j time, until the first and second division I flanks combined. Their counter-attacl ■ ] were completely successful. They rotoo > 1 Ghehivclt with a bayonet charge, m whir J | the Second Worcesters shono out. Final! L I the Sixth Cavalry Brigade cleared th | woods with great dash, killing large nnn hers, and tho British, line was restored s 10 o'clock at night. INDIAN TROOPS ‘ HELP RETAKE TRENCHES. COSTLY, BUT IMPERATIVE. LONDON, November 50. The Press Bureau publishes the narra live of an observer with the Indians wh describes the recapture of trenches th possession of which was involved in th general scheme of defence. Two attack made in tho daytime on the 23rd inst were foiled. When the army corps of re serves arrived the British and Indian regi nirmls, at 10.30 p.m., began the fina assault. They recovered the trenches a 6 a.m-., after nearly 24 hours’ bloodi struggle. The British captured thre"i officers and 97 men, but the losses were clis tressing. AUGUST’S INJURY. SHELLED IN HIS CAR. LONDON, November 30. French newspapers state that the accident to the Kaiser’s son Augilst Wilhelm, •by which he sustained a compound fracture of ono of his thighs, was due to a French shell shattering his motor car in tho vicinity of Craonne. The Germans, eager for vengeance, opened a- general attack on the French line, with tho result that they lost several trenches. CAPTAIN MACDOUGALL KILLED IN ACTION. LONDON, November 30. Captain MacDougall, who was aide-de-camp in New Zealand in 1913, has been killed at the front. A FAMOUS GORDON. “COCK O’ THE NORTH.” (London ' Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Service*,) LONDON, November 29. Piper Findlater, the hero of the. Dargai Heights, has rejoined tho Gordon Highlanders for service at the front after 17 years at farming. HELIGOLAND ANOTHER GIBRALTAR. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, November 29. A correspondent describes in ‘ The Times ’ a visit paid by him to Heligoland, permission having been gained through a gentleman ho entertained years ago. The island, he says, has been completely changed since tho war. A beautiful little bathing place has been converted into a huge fortress tremendously fortified. Civilians have been compelled to leave, and only naval men are to be met in tho streets, all busy continuously improving tho fortifications. Many houses ami trees have been removed to give an uninterrupted view of the sea. The authorities have doubled the sentries, who are watching unceasingly to prevent a surprise. The only women on the island, are five nurses.

BRITISH FINANCE AND WAR. A FIRST TASTE. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun * Service*.) LONDON, November 30. ‘The Times’ says editorially that tho surpassing success of the enormous national loan is tho first taste of what British financial power means when applied to war purposes. LLOYD GEORGE FINANCE. PRAISE FROM THE OPPOSITION, (London 1 Times ’ and Sydney • Sun ’ Services.) ■ LONDON, November 29. During the debate on Mr Lloyd George's Financial Statement Mr Bonar Law declared that though not one of Mr George’s most ardent admirers he felt, when the war broke out, that the conditions wero so abnormal that they required treament free of red tape. He preferred a man at tho Treasury with courage, even if it was combined with rashness, rather than one who was afraid to do anything. MR KEIR HARDIE AND RECRUITS. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ’Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 30. German eonrees allege that a letter was received from Mr Eeir Hardie, M.P.. in which he states i “I have never said or written anything to dissuade oar young men from enlisting. I know too well all there is at stake.” THE DOUGLAS RIOT. (London’Times’ and Sydney ‘Sim’Services.) LONDON, November 29. At tho inquiry into the Douglas riot evidence was given that the signal for the insurrection was a blooded hand cut out of paper and posted on a window. There were 3,300 prisoners in the camp, and the guards were unable to use their bayonets, as they were too hard pressed by the crowd of rioters. :The coroner, on reading the menu. .#■ * * lL .. - ; 'I " A

FOOTBALLERS AT THE FRONT. (London ‘Times* and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 29. The Football Association claim that 100,000 footballers have enlisted, which exceeds the aggregate of recruits from all other sports. FIJI’S CONTRIBUTION. SUVA, November 30. The natives in the Sa province of Fiji have promised £SOO to the war fund, and offer a contingent of 1,000 men. Ea province gives £l6O and promises 500 men. The local fund exceeds £7,000.

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THE BRITISH TROOPS., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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THE BRITISH TROOPS. Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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