Faugh Battalions suffer casualties at Bailleul

Wednesday, 4 September, 1918
The Advance in Flanders. Troops of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 36th (Ulster) Division, advancing from Ravelsburg Ridge, 1 September 1918.

The Allied 'Hundred Days Offensive' on the Western Front had begun with the Battle of Amiens on 8 August 1918 and would eventually lead to the end of the First World War. As part of that great offensive, two battalions of the Royal Irish Fusiliers were fighting in the battle to recapture Bailleul. It had been seized by the Germans during the Spring Offensive 1918, or Kaiserschlacht.

Bolstered by the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers, the 9th Battalion continued to advance against an enemy fighting for every inch of the ground. During the night the Germans regained some ground. In the morning, the 1st and 9th together tried to break through the German defences, but were held up by thick wire and booby traps covered by machine-gun fire; both failed to get through.

That same evening the two Battalions were relieved in the line. Between 3-5 September both Battalions lost some 4 officers and 20 men killed, 103 wounded and 20 missing.