We saw the Dorsets charge

TCD MS 3414 folio 47 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 47 recto

[September 1915]

Now at that moment General Haughton was mislead as to his exact whereabouts, owing I believe to the fact that the exact line of the Sawaich marsh was not correctly defined on the map, however, instead of moving up on the right of the 16th Bde, he started to march round the Ataba Marsh; taking with him the 104th Wellesleys Rifles & the 20th Punjabis from the 16th Brigade. Thus General Delamain was left attacking these defences with only the Dorsets, ½ battn of the 117th Maharattas and the 22nd Coy Sappers & Miners and no one in support. A wonderful performance, however, on the part of these regiments gave him the X redoubt at 9.30 a.m.

At 10 a.m. the outlook was not too good, the enemy were holding onto Y redoubt, and more Turks were seen moving up to support them. I had moved up and had marked out a ground at X redoubt, Major Reilly landed and conferred with General Delamain, who was on the point of sending him back to GHQ with <a report of> the situation. As Major Reilly was on the point of leaving, we saw the Dorsets charge and Y redoubt a mass of bursting Howitzer