Battle of Lys 16th / 17th April 1918
“By April 16 the tactical situation was already stable. On that night in reality during the early hours of April 17 the Battalion was relieved almost in the ordinary way by the Gloucesters, who
came forward from the luxury of St. Venant and took over the line between Carvin and Baquerolle. St. Venant had been Portuguese G.H.Q. but was so no longer. It was by now receiving plenty of
5-95 and was rapidly losing the character of the quiet, well-to-do little town in which part of the Division was to have been billeted when it left the Amiens district. Still, for the time being, what St. Venant received in shells it paid for in choice vintages and fine houses. The Germans were not the only people to taste a glass of French wine during
the Great War.”
From the War Diary of 2/4th Royal Berkshire
“Tuesday 16th April 1918, France, Robecq
The day was overcast and visibility poor. Enemy Artillery fire was normal and our own Artillery fired according to programme. Nothing unusual occurred.
A direct hit on one of “C” Coys, Fire Bays caused Casualties to Other Ranks of 4 killed and 1 wounded. The night passed quietly.
Wednesday 17th April 1918, France, Robecq
“Enemy Aircraft were active in the early morning, 6 or 7 Planes patrolling our front line and flying over the Supports and Back Areas. At 8.30pm an Inter Coy Relief was carried out, “D” Coy, taking over parts of the Support Line from “A” and “B” Coys, which moved back to Billets at the ASILE D’ ALIENNES at P.9. Central. During the day 4 other ranks were wounded.”