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"Go On, Lily Whites!" the Coldstreamers in a Great Charge by the Guards on the Somme

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Several regimmd t Guards, including the Coldtreamer, the Grenadiers, end the lrish, played a splendid part in the great battle of September 15, whch reulMted the capae of Martinpuich and Courcelette and over 23oo prisoners. Our artist’s drawing has bean made fram an eofcer’s material just to hand. The pound in freat of the e trenches, he says, was nothing ele be ut she-holes. There were tree broken trees standing out above the ristby which the line advanced. O inlly they started hlder to shoulder with bayonets at the charge in the good old style. Deecribing the same event, Mr. Philip Gra writes: “The Guards bad their ful share in the ghting . . . Them splendid men, so tall and proper, o hard and he, wet away as one might himagine the old knights and yeamm England at Agicurt. For the rat time in the hidlry ad the Coldstreamers, three battalias of thaw charged in line, geat aidd waes of m , as Sae a sight a the weai osdd show. Babid them were the Gsemeus, and,


aga behind these man the Itish They’ had not gone more than aeo yards before they came under the enfilade fire of massed machin.-guns. . aps were made in the S but they closed up. The wounded did not call for help but cheered n those who swept past and on, shouting Go on, Lily Whites ! ‘- which is the old name for the Cetme-‘ Get at ’em, Lily Whites I ‘… The Guards went on. Then they were checked by two lines of trenches, wired and defended by machine-guns and bombers. .. . The Guards took them by frontal assault full in the face of continual blasts of machine-gun bullets. There was hard and desperate fighting. The Germans defended themselves to th death. . . By that time the Irish Guards had joined the others. All the Guards were together, and together they passed the trenches. … going steadily deeper into the enemy comry ul they were sme yards frm their starting-place… . They fought grandly.”-fD.is C4,wiv *, e.s U-d sw-. d c.sds.



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