In parallel with their colleagues in the 11th Battalion, the 15th Battalion were also participating in the great new offensive.
The 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion were a little to the north of the 11th Battalion, still maintaining the same positions they had occupied for some days in the Haversquerke-Amusories defensive line to the east of the village of St. Venant. On the 7th August, a warning order was received as the Adjutant recalled: "On the 7th a warning order was received that the two front line battalions were pushing forward their line in conjunction with the 229 Brigade on our right that we were to prepare to move a moments notice."
In due course, the Battalion moved forward to the village of St. Floris, from where two Companies went into the Haversquerke Line and Battalion HQ was established at 'Home Farm'. "Here we remained for two days" continued the Adjutant "on the evening of the 9th we received orders that the 230th Bde. would take over the whole Divisional front and become Advance Guard Bde." After dark on the 10th August, the Battalion marched our from their positions and from Home Farm to be relived by the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.
Since their time in Palestine, the 15th Battalion had been a part of the 74th (Dismounted Yeomanry) Division who wore as their insignia on the right sleeve, a broken spur in affectionate remembrance of their mounted past. On the other sleeve, the Battalion wore a diamond shaped patch of Regimental Colours of red and bottle green.
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