Category Archives: The Somme

The Somme – Villers-Bretonneux Part One: Villers-Bretonneux Demarcation Stone

Surprise surprise!  We find ourselves back on the Somme, but not, this time, to explore the battlefields of 1916.  We are heading towards Villers-Bretonneux, where the Australian National Memorial, on what was once known simply as Hill 104, towers above … Continue reading

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Pozières British Cemetery & the Pozières Memorial

Pozières British Cemetery, enclosed on three sides by the Pozières Memorial.

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High Wood

On my recent trip to the Somme with the Friends of the Surrey Infantry Museum, as well as paying our respects at a number of cemeteries on the battlefield, most of personal interest to members of our group, we also … Continue reading

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High Wood – London Cemetery & Extension

First view of High Wood, our objective the large cemetery you can just see through the windscreen reflection on the far right.  This was the first time I had set eyes on the wood and, knowing what happened here, it … Continue reading

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Mametz Wood – Flatiron Copse Cemetery

A few hundred yards north of the 38th Welsh Division Memorial, Flatiron Copse Cemetery is situated alongside the road at the north eastern edge of Mametz Wood.

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Mametz Wood – The 38th Welsh Division Memorial

The fortified German villages of Fricourt and Mametz had both fallen by day two of the Somme offensive, but the subsequent capture of Mametz Wood and, a little to the west, the village of Contalmaison, were essential to the next … Continue reading

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Longueval – Delville Wood: The South African National Memorial & the Last Tree

The South African (Delville Wood) National Memorial, unveiled in October 1926 by, among others, General James Herzog, Prime Minister of South Africa, and Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, to remember the South Africans who served and died in all theatres … Continue reading

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