Lieutenant Ernest Vose, DCM
Headquarters, Canadian Troops,
Ripon. Yorks. August 28, 1919
To;- Brig-General D.M. Ormond, C.M.G., D.S.O.,
Commanding Canadian Troops,
South Camp, Ripon. Yorks.
I have the honor to submit herewith my knowledge of the good work,courage, and devotion to duty of Lieutenant Ernest VOSE of the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion, in the operations at VIMY RIDGE on the 9th of April 1917, during his tenure of the post of Battalion Signal Sergeant in that Unit.
At the time of the VIMY RIDGE operation, I was serving as a Platoon Sergeant in "B" (or D) Company of the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion, which Company was holding the Front line on the day previous to the attack. On "y/z night" of the operation whilst doing my tour of Trench duty, I saw Sargeant VOSE and a party of Signallers laying lines of communication into "No-Man’s Land", well forward towards the Enemy Lines, and considerably in advance of the "assembly position" which the Battalion had to take up before "zero hour". Throughout the time this work was being carried out, the Enemy machine-gun and rifle-grenade activity was very marked, rendering the task an extremely hazardous one. The example of fearlessness which Sargeant VOSE set to the men under his charge during the progress was, in my opinion, of extreme value and the chief reason in the successful and speedy
My part in the operation necessitating my going forward with my Platoon in the "first wave" of the attack, prevented my witnessing any of the work of Sergeant VOSE after the commencement of the Offensive, but, from hearsay evidence, and particulars gathered after the operation from the signallers who accompanied him forward, and N.C.O.s and men in the latter"waves" of the attack, I can furnish the following information which I consider to be thoroughly authentic:-
Previos to "zero hour", Sergeant VOSE had taken up his position in the Front Line entrance of the 500 CRATER TUNNEL, with his party of signallers and linemen, reels of wire and instruments, in readiness to "jump-off" immediately the attack was launched. He started off at "zero hour" with the latter "waves" of the Battalion, heading by a direct route across the top of the 500 CRATER, which was then being heavily"raked" by Enemy machine-gun fire, for the previously-agreed-upon new Battalion Headquarters in the about-to-be-captured Enemy Lines.
At this juncture the operator of the Power-Buzzer became a casualty and Sergeant VOSE took charge of this instrument himself, carrying it to the first objective where he operated it personally sending back by it's means reports on the progress of the attack to the Battalion Headquarters in the rear. The Enemy barrage in the early stages of the attack was very heavy and destructive and wrought havoc with signal lines, rendering the task of repairing the breaks an extremely hard and, as the repairing was done in the thick of the barrage, dangerous one, but, by his personal supervision,working to his utmost and the fine example of courage he set to his linesmen, Sergeant VOSE managed to maintain an almost uninterrupted and unbroken communication with the Rear.
A noteworthy incident at this jucture was his finding that the linemen of the Artillery F.O.O. had become casualties, and that their lines had been severed in many places by the Enemy shell-fire.
Having insufficient personnel at his disposal to maintain those lines in addition to his own, his quick thought in immediately connecting the nearest-to-rear break in the Artillery lines to his own wires, was undoubtedly the means of preventing a long delay in communication with the Artillery. His courage and devotion to his work throughout this part of the operation was exceptionally marked and very much commented upon by those who had an opportunity to observe it.
In the ZWOLFER GRAABEN, the objective of my Company, I saw Sergeant VOSE directing the establishing of communication with "B" and "C" Companies who were then pushing forward to the Battalion’s final objective. His coolness and clear headedness in the direction of this work was undoubtedly the means of establishing communication with the forward Companies with the minimum of delay.
In addition to the above, I think the courage and invaluable work of Sergeant VOSE after he became a Commissioned Officer and served both as Battalion Signal Officer and as a Company Officer in the 10th Canadian Infantry Battallion, worthy of mention and herewith submit my knowledge of ot for your information.
His services as Battalion Signalling Officer are better known to you than myself, so I will only submit my knowledge of his work as a Company Officer, which he volunteered for in order to obtain more experience of actual fighting after your leaving the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion.
In the "L.C." operations at AMIENS on the 8th of August, 1918, whilst in command of a Platoon, he showed great courage and determination in pushing forward with his Platoon in the face of heavy Enemy machine-gun fire.The Enemy fire from the hill in front, and to the left, of CAIX, was very heavy and punishing, causing a slight wavering and hesitation on the part of the men who came under it. At this juncture he immediately went to the front of his Platoon and fearlessly led them forward, his initiative in carrying out this act being of extreme value to the success of the attack and was the cause of quickly silencing the Enemy fire. It’s efffect upon the morale of the men was a very important factor in making his Company’s task in the operation a speedy success. Unfortunately he was wounded and incapacitated from any further active part in the offensive, whilst performing this courageous act, but by that time the situation was well in hand, and his
This is the extent of my knowledge of the work of Lieutenant Ernest VOSE whilst with the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion and hope you may find it of value and worthy of putting forward in order to obtain the recognition which is so well deserved
I have the honor to be,
(unintelligible signature, appears to be "Gempleman")
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