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IN POLAND., Issue 15704, 19 January 1915
MINOR RUSSIAN SUCCESSES. PETROGRAD, January 18. (Received January 19, at 2.20 p.m.) A communique states: During the night we reoccupied tho trench at Grmnine, all the defendors being killed. Two German counter-attacks proved fruitless, A German night attack on tho GulkiYissuiika front was discovered by searchlights and repulsed, Our artillery baulked efforts to bombard Tarnow (Galicia). VALUE OF CAVALRY. The value of this arm, in which the Grand Duke Nicholas so firmly believes, has again been emphasised. The German attack' in the direction -of Lovicz was mainly repulsed by charges of the dragoons and hussars, -which demoralised the enemy before they could" approach the main'body of the Russians. A number of instances are published by _ the War Depa rtmeilt of tho extra-ordinary coolness and pluck of the Ural Cossacks, One small patrol dashed into a villago occupied by Uhlans and killed 30 men and took two prisoners, and finally drove off a squadron which carno to their relief. That proportion between the killed and captured is usual in Cossack warfare. Another case was that of a Gorman patrol which was surprised and pursued for five miles at full gallop. It was then caught and cut to pieces. Out of 30 Uhlans, 25 wore left dead and ono was captured. Only four escaped. Attention has also been drawn by the War Office to the remarkable, bravery of an artillery captain named Trctiakow. A cleverly-bidden German battery in tho Lodz engagement was causing tho Russians heavy loss, so the captain determined to locate it. lie went forward as far as the German lines and calmly made his observations rom a tree. Then he returned and laid the guns of his battery, and by a succession of direct hits he silenced the German guns and utterly smashed them up. ENGLAND'S HONOR ROLL. Among those killed at tho front during the first week of December were Captain Arthur Annesley, son and heir of Lord Valentin ; Second-lieutenant R. W. Fletcher, aged 22, rowed in Oxford University eight last March, for four years stroke of his college boat; Second-lieuten-ant A. S. Lawson, Black Watch, had been for 19 years in the ranks of the reKiment, was promoted from quartermastor-sor-ceant shortly before his death; Captain Hon. J. Boyle (unofficially reported killed), was the third son of Earl Glasgow, an ex-Governor of this Dominion; Captain W. Sholto Douglas (died of wounds), aged 31, was Assistant Director of Army Signals (Second Division) in the Aldershot Comand, 1910-14; Lieutenant T. L. Pritchard (died of wound 33, formerly an inspector under tho Bttard of Agriculture, married a nie*e of Mr M'Kenna. Among the missing were Lieutenant- Hon. Gerald E, F. Ward, born in 1877. brother of Lord Dudley, served in South African War: Lieutenant Lord Worsley. born in 1887. son and heir of Lord Yarborough. In the list of wounded was Captain D. F. Campbell, D.5.0., Conservative M.P. for North Ayrshire, served in South African War.
MANGLED HUMANITY. Mr Douglas Hall. M.P. for the Isle of Wight, writes as follows to his wife: " The Red Cross have been using nie close np to the firing lino to convc;y wounded by motor whilst waiting to fill the yacht. The hospital I went to was so close to the battle that the noise of the big guns was great. It was a beautiful build - injf. but so sad. There were amongst others there the remnant of a Belgian civilian family, who had all suffered from the effects of a high explosive, shell. The mother v as blown to bits, their homo shattered, and the father and two little children were in the hospital. The former had otio leg gone, one child had both legs so badly shot that amputation was expected, and the last little mite of four had one arm and one leg amputated, and her eye gone. The wounded were coming into one village in hundreds and thousands —thousands in a week, such poor, mangled bits of humanity. Heaps were taken out of the ambulance dead, and more dying. There were no beds : they were simply placed on stretchers in the rooms of the hospital. The R.A.M.C, colonel was a splendid fellow, and explained that everything had to be rough and ready, as at any moment they might have to evacuate it if tho Germans pressed on. I had to sleep in a toolhouse on a bed borrowed from the mortuary, not yet used, so they eaid."
HOW THE FIRST V.C. WAS WON. The first Victoria Cross of tho war has been won by Sergeant-major White, of the Army Service Corps, ono of the men who carried tho late Lieutenant Frederick Roberts, V.C., son of Lord Roberts, who was mortally wounded, from the firing zone at Colenso, South Africa. He has been notified that he is to receive the decoration for gallantry at Le Cateau. Sergeant-major White, no .v in hospital at Cardiff, wounded in both legs, telling the story of his heroic act, eaid i Wo got orders at 9.15 at night to move a convoy in charge of a captain. Wo had not gone far before we ran into Uhlans, who gave it to us hot, Wo were outnumbered, and I have a distinct recollection of having a go at four with my swovl and accounting for them. But we had to retire. When wo .reached a place where we could pull ourselves together an officer asked if anyone had seen the captain. On hearing that he was missing I said I would go back for him. t went back and found him lying in the Held where we had the scrap. t picked him up, put him across my horse, and galloped back to safety with' bullets whistling round. I was hit in both, legs, and one has still a bullet in it.
IN POLAND., Issue 15704, 19 January 1915
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