BATTLE OF MELTHAM COP.
INTERESTING TACTICAL EXERCISES BY COLNE VALLEY TERRITORIALS.
A spirit of militarism pervaded the Colne Valley on Saturday afternoon, when important tactical exercises were carried out by the 7th (Colne Valley) Battalion of the West Riding Territorials. Much interest was evinced in the operations, which took place in the vicinity of Linthwaite and Meltham Cop. There was a good muster of the men for the time of the year, and their work gave general satisfaction to the authorities.
The general idea was that two States — Brownland and White Land — were at enmity with each other, and Whiteland, being better prepared, determined to invade Brownland. Their forces got possession of the railway so far east as Slaithwaite.
Brownland had got an advance position at Meltham, and the officer commending desired to send a convoy under escort from Brighouse to Meltham, which latter place had run short of ammunition and food stuffs. The Whiteland force learned from their scouts that the convoy was proceeding to Meltham by the Blackmoorfoot Road, and the commanding officer determined to either take or destroy the convoy, so he sent five companies with artillery to carry out his plans.
In the fighting that ensued, the Whiteland force got as far as Meltham Cop, but owing to a misleading message to the effect that the enemy's convoy and troops were to the left he swung round in that direction. The convoy, however, was in reality just below Meltham Cop, and got through all right, although the escort suffered considerable loss. The principal object, therefore, was attained. The convoy was represented by two Union Jacks two hundred yards apart, and the guns were represented by two red flags.
Operations ceased shortly after five o'clock, when the troops were formed up at "Will's o' Nats," Meltham, and headed by the bands marched to the Slaithwaite Drill Hall, where tea was provided. Colonel Treble, commander of the battalion, there complimented the men on their excellent work and good turn-out.
Over 300 men were on parade. The Brownland escort, comprising "A," "B," and "C" Companies, and the machine gun section, was in charge of Captain Taylor and Captain Rothery, and the Whiteland force, which consisted of "D," "E," "F," "G," and "H" Companies, was officered by Major Charlesworth, accompanied by Captain Crossley, Captain Bagnall, Lieuts. Whitwam, Ramsden, Clarke, Brooks, and Haigh.
The members of the permanent staff in attendance were Sergeant Major Teesdale, Colour Sergeant Instructors Tuck and Giles, and Sergeant Instructors Payne and Thompson. Colonel Treble acted as chief umpire, and Lieut. Burbury (captain and adjutant) was also present.
The troops carried out the work in excellent spirit, and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the proceedings.