37 Howitzer Battery RFA: The Curragh to Le Cateau, August 1914

Mike Watson provides insights into the background and experiences of Gunners, including three VCs who deployed from Ireland to France in August 1914. There was an urgent need to prevent the Retreat from Mons becoming a rout by checking the momentum of the 1st German Army on the Cambrai/Le Cateau ridge. So that is why 5th Division, including 37 Battery of 2nd British Corps fought their renowned rear-guard action near Le Cateau on Wednesday 26 August 1914. Those Gunner veterans stated that they were ‘The Cheese in the Le Cateau Mouse-trap!’ and they fought hard much to the admiration of their supported infantry.

Lt Col Mike Watson is a former BAOR Field Gunner and technical staff officer who saw active service in Aden, Dhofar and Northern Ireland. Recently, he was awarded the 2017 Alfred Burne Memorial Medal for his book ‘A Concise History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery’.

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