POZIERES

        The battle honour Pozieres was awarded for action during the Somme offensive of 1916. The 15th Bn C.E.F. held front line positions on Pozieres ridge during a period of intensive artillery bombardment with frequent counter attacks 4-8 September 1916.  Pozieres ridge, a dominate feature heavily fortified by the German Army is located outside the village of Pozieres, France.The Battle of Pozieres Ridge started on 23 July 1916 as part of the overall offensive action on the Somme.  Within an hour of commencing the attack Australian troops of the 1st ANZAC Corps captured the village of Pozieres.  The ridge outside the village which dominated the high ground was captured on 4 August.  The ANZAC Corps held the ridge until relieved by the 1st Canadian Division on 1 September.On 2 September the 15th Bn left the town of Albert moving toward the front.  On 4 September the unit relieved the 3rd Bn C.E.F. in the vicinity of Mouquet Farm located on Pozieres ridge.  Number 1 and 2 Companies were placed in O.G. 2 (front line) while the others were located in O.G. 2 in support positions. B.H.Q. was in an old German sap off Centre Way located near the ruins of the church.On the night of 6 September there was an exchange of company positions and by 1:45 A.M. on 8 September the unit was relieved by the 5th Bn C.E.F. The unit, continually shelled and counter attacked during this timeframe, suffered 1 officer killed, two officers wounded, 3 NCOs and 10 men killed and 33 men wounded. This was the first of three battle honours awarded for front line service during the Somme offensive.  Only the theatre battle honour Somme is emblazoned on the Regimental Colour.
Pte Jardine
Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919
by Col GWL Nicholson
46621 Pte WT Jardine KIA 7 September 1916
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