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Operation orders issued at midnight on the 17th - 18th of October 1914 stated that the enemy was holding the line riding from to Radinghem to Perenchies and that the 6th Division were to be engaged upon a reconnaissance in force.
On the morning of the 18th, the company commanders were summoned to Battalion headquarters and Brigade orders were read out. These were to the effect that the line Prémesques to Perenchies was to be attacked, the 3rd Rifle Brigade would be responsible for the capture of the Perenchies on the left while the 2nd Leinster Regiment was to attack and capture Prémesques. Both attacks were to commence at 7 AM; as it was now past 6:30 there was no time for anything but to assign “C” and “D” companies for the 1st line, the latter on the right, to be followed by “A” and “B” the former following “D” company. The companies moved off immediately with no time to review the ground, nor to order any reconnaissance. They advanced, unwittingly into a heavily defended area!
Together with Mayor of Prémesques,the Association organised a centenary battlefield commemoration in the village of Prémesques in northern France during October 2014. In the wartime action that took place between 18 to 20 October 1914 over 130 soldiers of the 2nd Battalion lost their lives.
A new memorial to the lives of all combatants and civilians who lost their lives between 18 and 20 October 1914 was unveiled and is now part of the WW1 battlefield tour of the Armentières area of Northern France.
18 October 1914 - Soldiers
19 October 1914
20 October 1914
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