Le Cateau


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Le Cateau

(French lə kato)
n
(Placename) a town in NE France: site (August 26, 1914) of the largest British battle since Waterloo, which led to the disruption of the German attack on the Allies. Pop: 6998 (2009)
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They reformed for the Battle of Le Cateau, then for Marne and Aisne until they reached the line where the trenches of the Western Front would be dug, and went no further.
A private in the 1st Royal Warwicks, Hanley escaped from the German hospital where he was being treated for injuries sustained at Le Cateau and, with fellow soldiers, hid in woodland before making it back home.
John was among the many killed in fierce fighting at Haucourt, during the Battle of Le Cateau, a vital action following the Battle of Mons.
August 25-26: Scottish regiments, including the Gordon Highlanders, fight in The Battle of Le Cateau in northern France.
*** Home on leave in Kippen from the Le Cateau Front in France was Sgt Hugh Thomson, A&SH.Villagers there were heartened by the news that another soldier from the area, Pte Duncan McArthur, had not been as seriously wounded as first thought.
"Most moving of all was visiting the Highland Cemetery at Le Cateau and standing with my cousin at Peter's grave.
The next sighting of Matthew is unfortunately the record of his death from 'intestinal catarrh' [catarrhal enteritis] in Kriegslazarett Le Cateau (a German military hospital) on 21st September 1918.
We took over a position about a mile on the left of Le Cateau, which I had not seen since August 1914, and now I could only see some of the tops of the buildings.
He writes of Field Marshal French's argument with Lord Kitchener in Paris without explaining when French got there, since French last had been mentioned in the context of the battle of Le Cateau. At one point Macgregor erroneously calls Shanghai the capital of Nationalist China.
The British held up the German advance until the evening when they began retiring to a second defensive where they stopped the German advance at the Battle of Le Cateau. The British victory at Le Cateau achieved its objective of enabling the BEF to retreat unmolested by the Germans for a further five days.