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Infantry. The attack was divided into three small
groups, the whole under the command of Lieutenant
Crabbe: No. I group under Lieutenant Papineau,
No. 2 group under Sergeant Patterson, and No.3
group under Company Sergeant-Major Lloyd.
The head of the party got within fifteen or twenty
yards the German trench and charged; it was
dark at the time (about 5.15 a.m.).
Lieutenant Crabbe, who showed the greatest dash
and élan took his party over everything in the trench
until they had gone down it about eighty yards,
when they were stopped by a barricade of sandbags
and timber. This party, as well as the others, then
pulled down the front face of the German parapet.
A number of Germans were killed and wounded,
and a few prisoners were taken.
The services performed by this distinguished
corps have continued to be very valuable since I
had occasion to refer to them in my last despatch.
commanded by Lieut.-Colonel F. D. Farquhar,
D.S.O. who, I deeply regret to say, was killed while
superintending some trench work on March 20th.
His loss will be deeply felt.
Sir John French's Despatch, April 5th, 1915.
PRINCESS PATRICIA'S REGIMENT
-ATTACK ON ST. ELOI,
MARCH 14th, 1915.
It is satisfactory to be able to record that, though
the troops occupying the first line of trenches were
at first overwhelmed, they afterwards behaved very
gallantly in the counter-attack for the recovery of