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An UNDYING STORY of BRITISH VALOUR: How the Three Gunners of "L" Battery, R.H.A., Won their V.C.

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Copyrighted in the U.S.A.The wonderful struggle of a single British battery against overwhelming odds and the saving of the battery during the Battle of Mons will go down In history as evidence of what the British Army can do in the held: “L Battery. R.H.A., had been Instructed to be ready to move by four a.m. The order to retire not having arrived, L Battery waited, limbered up, ready to. move at a moment’s notice. Just after five o’clock the mist cleared, and they were suddenly subjected to terrific enfilade firefrom the ridge, which they had supposed to be still occupied by the French. Owing to their position they were only able to bring three of their guns to bear on tne enemy, but these were promptly manned by such of the men as had not been killed during the first few moments. With magnificent coolness and courage these three guns replied to the German fire with such good effect that one by one the GerrPaJ] guns were put out of action. In a very short time two of the three British guns hadbeen silenced, and only one remained to defend the position. By this time very few men of the battery were left, but the gallant little band continued to work the gun. Many of the officers and men had been killed or wounded, and at last only three men remained to serve the gun. Although all wounded, these three men– Sergeant- Major Dorrell, Gunner Derbyshire, and Driver Osborne, all of whom have been recommended for the V.C.– crouching behind the shield, kept up a deadly fire withsuch effect that eventually all but one of the German guns were put out of action. This unequal duel went on for a time until, as one of the survivors remarked, We’d both had enough of it,’ and the enemy and the three brave British gunners ceased fire almost at the same moment. Thus, crouching behind the shield of their last gun, the three heroes were found by the strong force of cavalry and Infantry who shortly afterwards came to their rescue.”


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