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OUR CAVALRY IN AN 'INFERNO'

| DARING RESCUE OF WOUNDED. [ Tho following, dated October 22, has ■ i«: on communicated by an eye-witness present with the Oentuai Headquarters, and was issued on Tuesday by the Press Bureau. After desta ibing'- the course of the British, operations up to the night, of October 16, 'Eye-witness'' writes; An incident of the lighting on this night (0< tober 16} is worth recouiing. An important ero:s-viiu mo the Lys at Warueton waa strongly held by the (Jerman.s. who at the entrance to the. town had constructed a high barricade loophokvl at the bottom, so that men could liie through it from a tying position. This formidable obstacle was, encountered by a squadron of our cavalry. Noihi'ig lii.r.nted, they obtained Judo from the artillery, who man-handled a gun into position and bleu- the barricade to pieces, scattering the defenders. They then advanced some three-quarters of a little into tlie centre of the. town, where they foil ml themselveis in a large ''place." Thoy had hardly reached the farther end when one of the buildings suddenly appeared to leap skywards in a sheet of ilame, a shower of star ehell.s at the same fime making the place as light- a« day and enabling the enemy, who were ensconced in tho surrounding houses, to pour in a devastating tire from rifle* and machine guns. Our eavulry managed to extricate themselves from this trap with .". lesis of only one officer—the squadron leader —wounded and nine men killed and wounded : bait, determining that none of then- number should fall into the enemy's hand:-, a party of volunteers went, back and, taking oft limit boots in order to make no noif-? on the pavement, reordered the inferno they had just left, and .succeeded in carrying oil' their wounded comrades.

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OUR CAVALRY IN AN 'INFERNO', Issue 15697, 11 January 1915

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OUR CAVALRY IN AN 'INFERNO' Issue 15697, 11 January 1915

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