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THE GALLANT IRISE.

NEITHER ASK NOR GIVE QUARTER. . Half-way between Ypros and RculerS is Zonnuheke, and there, according to Mr A. Beaumont, of the ‘Daily Telegraph.' an Irish regiment participated in a temiic charge. jhe Germans, who had been driven back after days of fightfns trom other positions, had massed theit forces at a certain point, and were returning to the attack. They set out from West-Rooscbckc, and had with them batteries of field guns, that is to say, 60 rjuickflrers and two heavy mortar®. It was already late in the evening wher the British genera! in command learner? of tiro enemy s move, and 01 ders were given at once to forestall the Germans by a hasty march of the Irish regiment and other troops tq a point whore the railway line crosses the road to Roulers, and to take up positions beyond. The enemy would not expect a British there, and _ would bo taken by surprise. Thu British troops reached their positions, as had been anticipated, before the Germans, Our artillery opened fire, but the Germans did not reply. There was Mine doubt for a while as to what was th» new move of the enemy, when suddenly the Germans were discovered some 200 yards to the south of the Allied lines. They had perceived the more of the Bri- ! tisli troops, and, instead of approaching from the north, had moved round almost south. In another instant the Prussian Guard was within only 100 yards of the Allies, and a hand-to-hand* engagement was bound to follow. The flashlights used by the Allies rendered great assistance in locating the enemy. “ The aero planes also played an important part by dropping rockets on the scene. The British troops rapidly changed positions and faced the enemy. They opened fire or the Germans in volleys! and the enemy replied, firing only at the command of their officers. The first row of the Prussian Guard fired as they lay on tin ground, the second was on its fences, ami the third row fired standing. As soon as one man fell the one immediately behind took his place. One of the officers who was giving the command to fire was shot just as he was about to repeat it, and p.s he fell his company hesitated. Those who were near him, however, fired, and the rest imitated their example. The result seemed to he that the other companies cither did not hear the command any more or got out of control, and the firing became general and very violent. Suddenly the machine gun sections got into position, and wore about to open fire on the British troops. No time was to bo lost. The order to rush forward was given at once, and the -—lrish Regiment Charged with Bayonet.—■ The hottest fighting for a while was at a point some 200 yards from the railway embankment. Hero there was a flat field, without the slightest protection to either side, and the British troops practically mot the Germans half way. Those ”, lid saw it say it was one of the fiercest lav-

it say it was one of the fiercest Layonet charges yet made. There Teas no quarter given or asked on either side. ]n many rages both combatants fell pierced by each other’s weapon. One ol our men was fighting with remarkable dasli and skill, and had accounted for a number of the enemy, when be sbpnc-d and was wounded by falling on a German bayonet. Company after company moved forward, ail in close formation, and rifii and revolver' shots here and there, ven

heard above the cries of the wound e<-; : ..<J the eying. The viclenee of tht charge was exhausting both sides. The wounded and dead were scattered ail over the ground, and the men often rushed over tho corpse of a comrade. At last the Prussian Guard yielded ground. The order was given them to fall back, and the British troops took the opportunity to make a last charge, and what remained of the guard that had been fighting at this point retired in great disorder. Tluj road to Holders was held,, and the enqmy had been driven beyond 7 Zonncbek". ami lost one more point of vantage. According to the ' Frame.dn-Xorr].’ the French troops had a similar heroic encounter farther north, and drove the enomv i distance ot 1.500 yards. The Germans began by shelling the French trenches about

6.30 in the evening. The French batteries replied, and inflicted severe losses upon them. When the order to charge was given the Irish regiment had already done extraordinary execution. and it was midnight when the Genu ans withdrew.

coinnlctely defeated, leaving many of their trenches filled with dead. The Allies eaptured 23 machine guns at night.

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THE GALLANT IRISE., Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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THE GALLANT IRISE. Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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