1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Following orders received for attack on Hill 70 at 3pm following artillery bombardment.
Strength of Battn 19 officers, 758 other ranks.
2.30pm: Bombardment commences.
3.30pm: A, B, D Coys passed through KSOBs to assault of Hill 70, and seized the first trench about 3.40pm.
3.45pm: Part of the front line fell back, half way down the hill in disorder, suffering heavy casualties, but it was rallied within 150 yards of the top of the hill. The Borders and SWBs then came up in support. A second advance was then made up the hill but did not get home, the enemy standing on their parapets and firing from the hip and throwing hand grenades. The enemy’s shrapnel was very accurate and inflicted heavy casualties. Part of A and B Coys, with some Borders, Yeomanry and others, who had become mixed, collected under cover of a piece of dead ground, a small nullah, on the right and just below the crest line of the hill, reorganised and attempted under cover of sandbags to form a firing line, until sufficient men should arrive for the second charge to be developed. This assault was made at about 7pm and succeeded in reaching the first trench, which the enemy abandoned, but it was driven from the second trench and once more was forced to withdraw to its line of sandbags. All units of 87th Bde, with some yeomanry, by this time all mixed together, commenced to dig and consolidate.
11pm: Orders received that Battn on being relieved by remainder of Border Regt and SWBs was to withdraw and reorganise in rear of KOSBs. As the men retired they collected tools and carried them up to the firing line and every two men brought down one wounded. The small parties were collected and retired to bivouac at 1am. Roll called – strength 4 officers, 230 other ranks. Reorganised, parties of 6 men with blankets and waterproof sheets sent out all night to collect the wounded.