3rd Field Squadron R.E., 3rd Cav Div: 12th - 14th May 1915
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ordered to hold trenches from HOOGE ********** *******
railway. I had this line reconnoitred by daylight by
myself and by regimental officer of the Division. At the
last moment V Corps ordered 3rd Cav Div to hold from
BELLEWAARDE LAKE up to YPRES - VERLONERHOEK ROAD,
consequently the ground to North of railway has not been
reconnoitred by daylight either by R.E. or by regimental
officers. this order, unless absolutely ******* for some
reason not apparent to 3rd Cav Div, appears to have been
a very grave error and was undoubtedly responsible for a
portion of the very severe casualties sustained by the
Division the following morning.
Furthermore, the 3rd Field Squadron was ordered to
continue late this night on the YPRES serpent line of
trenches, this depriving the 3rd Cav Div of the use of
their own R.E. at a critical juncture.
By this night I took my two sergeants and 4 other ranks
[without orders] and assisted 6th Cav Bde to construct
1. Communications trenches to rear ***** N of
BELLEWAARDE FARM and 2. A loop behind a portion of their
7 Cav Bde who took over from railway North to road
apparently had no R.E. assistance although pre-ordered
by V Corps.
3rd Cav Div very heavily shelled shortly after ******
and troops forced to evacuate trenches between railway
and YPRES _ VERLORENHOEK ROAD falling back to parallel
track about 800 yards west.
Reported to POTIJIE CHATEAU at 8:00pm and Maj.Gen.
instructed me to cooperate with Northumbrian Fusiliers
***** R.E. [Major Pollard DSO] and employ 800 men of
D.L.I. and establish best possible line of trenches
between railway and VERLONERHOEK ROAD. There was some
delay in collecting the working parties and tools, but
we succeeded in digging a rough line of trenches as