Battle Honour CAMBRAI 1917,'18 - the Fourth Day.

Friday, 23 November, 1917 - Monday, 26 November, 1917

CAMBRAIAt 1030 hours on 23 November, the fourth day of the Battle of Cambrai, the 9th Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers again fought its way into Moeuvres where the Faughs beat off an immediate German counter-attack. The village was held until 1630 hours when the unsupported Faughs had to withdraw. The cost in casualties was 89 all ranks killed and wounded.

(Right, the 11th Inniskillings near Havrincourt (© IWM Q3174))

11 INNISKS HavrincourtMeanwhile, the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers, with support from five tanks, was ordered to capture an enemy trench to the east of Moeuvres. Before getting to the assembly area the Faughs had to deal with two enemy posts called 'Round Trench' and 'Lock 5' that should have been captured earlier in the day. The Battalion became bogged down in fighting the posts, which were not silenced until after dark when the 8th/9th and 10th Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles were moved forward to join the fight. It was decided to delay the attack on the enemy trench until the next day, the 24 November, but due to the lack of adequate artillery preparation and shells falling amongst the infantry positions, the attack was abandoned.

When the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers was relieved on 26 November, it had sustained 346 casualties at Cambrai. Had the attack on the enemy trench to the east of Moeuvres gone ahead on 24 November, it is most likely that further casualties would have destroyed the Battalion in all but name.