Action at Nery, 1st September
1914. During the fighting retreat from Mons, battery L of the
Royal horse artillery bivouacked by a small town of Nery. Their
temporary halt was interrupted during the early morning cavalry patrol
warning of the imminent arrival of a large German force of cavalry, infantry
and artillery. almost immediately German shells began bursting amongst
the battery, accompanied by a rifle and machine gun fire. 3 guns were
knocked out before they could be brought into action and two more were disabled
soon afterwards, while the British gunners sustained heavy casualties.
the remaining no. 6 gun with a scratch crew managed to maintain a steady
fire for some two hours inflicting heavy casualties on the Germans until
reinforcements arrived, driving off the surviving German unties. Three
Victoria crosses (one posthumously) and two French medaille militaire
were awarded and two NCO's were commissioned after the action.
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Nery, 1914 - The Adventure of the German 4th Cavalry Division on 3rd August and 1st September.
Major A F Becke.
Of the 18 VCs awarded to the Royal Regiment of Artillery during the Great War, eight were won in the first three weeks, all for acts of gallantry carried out not only under enemy shellfire, but also under direct rifle and machine gun fire. The so-called Affair of Nery, an action fought on 1st September 1914, was one of these in which three VCs were awarded to L Battery, RHA, which, since then, has been known as Nery Battery in commemoration of that action. This story of the German Operations is based on General von Klucks March on Paris, Posecks German Cavalry in Belgium and France, the German Official Account and such Regimental Histories as were available. Use has also been made of the accounts of two of the German cavalry regiments involved - 18th Dragoons and 15th Hussars. The British positions are taken from Vol I of our Official History, from the account of The Fight at Nery, by the author and published in the RUSI Journal of May 1919, and from General (t.........
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