31 August 1918

The battalion is in action to the east of Arras

Lt Col N C Orr was wounded during the morning trying to get up to see C Coy and 2/Lt Grierson from C Coy was killed both by snipers. Movement almost impossible to say. At 2.30pm Dukes went forward to get onto the 3rd objective which they did hit at 5.30-6pm. The SOS went up for a counter attack by the Boche. B coy had to form a defensive flank and the Dukes St Servin Farm was then lost again. At 8.45pm A coy on left B on right D on left of Dukes attacked under a barrage to capture 3rd objective. This was achieved except on the sunken road in front of A coy where enemy prevented it. Casualties of A and D coys in this attack were fairly heavy but 53 prisoners were taken.

Lewis casualty

Last address in Lewis: 2 Murray's Court, Stornoway
Military unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 201809
Date of death: 31 August 1918
Interred: Dury Crucifix Cemetery, grave II. D. 42
Local memorial: Lewis War Memorial; Nicolson Institute WW1, middle panel

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