B Coy !st/5th Northumberland Fusliers were on hill 23 at Schaap Balie advancing well after taking their first objective when they reached the road which was wired between the trees. Whilst attempting to cut the wire to reach the enemy trench they were cut down by machine gun fire and practically wiped out.Their officer 2nd Lt W.G.Verill was killed along with 60 other ranks. 149 were wounded and 230 reported missing.

Robert Taylor