Montauban – Bernafay Wood British Cemetery


Bernafay Wood British Cemetery is situated alongside the D197 near the north west corner of Bernafay Wood, about half a mile across the fields north east of Montauban. Continue reading

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A Brief Stop in Montauban – The Liverpool & Manchester Pals Memorial


In the centre of Montauban there’s a small memorial which remembers the men of the Liverpool and Manchester Pals who captured the village on 1st July 1916. Continue reading

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The 8th East Surreys at Montauban – Billie Nevill & Carnoy Military Cemetery

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One of the most famous incidents of the Battle of the Somme, indeed of the Great War itself, took place here in these fields at the southern end of the British-held sector of the Somme exactly one hundred years ago today, early on the morning of 1st July 1916. Continue reading

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A Tour of Zillebeke Update


Some five years ago now, I published a series of eight posts taking you round the cemeteries south of Zillebeke lake, its rather ungainly title, ‘A Tour of Zillebeke (South)’, being at least accurate, if hardly tongue-tripping.  Since then, Baldrick & I have visited the other cemeteries in the vicinity of Zillebeke, as well as one or two other sites of interest, all of which have been posted here as individual posts as and when I deemed them ready.  It seemed to me that it was high time that all these posts were combined into a single coherent tour of Zillebeke, partly for those of you who use these tours on your travels to the battlefields, but also for everyone else out there who can’t visit, and for many newer readers who may never have read these posts from a few years back.  This is a living breathing blog, folks, and nothing here becomes irrelevant over time.  So now, over a total of fifteen posts, you can tour the cemeteries to the south of the lake, just as before (with a few additions), and then move on to Zillebeke village, and find yourself on Hill 60 near the end.  Hopefully it all makes more sense now – the new, improved, ‘Tour of Zillebeke’ starts here.

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Thiepval – Mill Road Cemetery


Interesting place, Mill Road Cemetery. Continue reading

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Thiepval – Connaught Cemetery

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Beneath the trees at the north eastern edge of Thiepval Wood, this is Connaught Cemetery. Continue reading

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Recent Updates


View from the edge of High Wood looking south west towards the Bazentin woods. The 2nd Queen’s and the 1st South Staffs advanced across these fields towards us on the evening of 14th July 1916.

Bearing in mind the recent update to, and re-post of, the section on Newfoundland Memorial Park, you might like to know that the following Somme posts have also now had photos of stuff I missed first time around added to them.  I’ve mentioned before that old posts are always likely to be updated after return visits, and I am true to my word.  The following posts have had major extra sections added at the end: The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Ancre British Cemetery & Pozières Windmill.  Extra photos have also been added to the Albert post.

I thank you.

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