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The Battle at Loos

The countryside around Loos was very flat and the Germans held the few bits of high ground available.  It was a mining area and the towers were one of the most visible features.  Below is a mixture of illustrations and photographs which depict the Battle of Loos

 

Here are troops marching up to the battle field at Loos - Arthur's Regiment had marched for several nights prior to the battle to reach the area and were not expecting to go into battle straight away - but they did - as a support for the Scottish Regiments which were to push forward and try to gain ground

Above are the Scottish Regiments attacking the German Trenches - they pushed them back a long way until they came under terrible fire and had to retreat

 

Once they had established some ground the troops defended it with barbed wire and trenches

After the battle the wounded were either carried back or made their own way back to the dressing stations and then onwards to the infirmary for more treatment.  Arthur would probably have been carried along this route after suffering the damage to his leg.

Eventually they fought their way through to Loos

Loos had suffered terrible destruction due to the shelling and vicious fighting

 

Helping out in the battle was a local French girl called Emilienne Moreau - after the first attack by the Scots, the Germans withdrew and this gave the villagers time to drag some of the wounded Scots into their homes where they treated the wounds and did everything they could to make them comfortable.  However, there were still German snipers in the area and they were shooting at the French as they went to get water for the Scots.  Emilienne made many visits to the well despite being shot at constantly.  Eventually the Germans attacked again causing the Scots to withdraw - the wounded could not and the Germans were starting to kill them - as one German went to bayonet an officer Emilienne picked up a revolver and shot the German - she then stayed with the wounded, protecting them with the revolver and grenades until the British made another attack and forced the Germans out of the village.  She killed five Germans in all and was awarded the French Military Cross, The British Military Medal, the Royal Red Cross and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

Above is a photo of Emilienne receiving one of her medals.