Sunday 2 October 2016

Day Ninety Four on the Somme

Monday 2nd October 1916 From our Correspondent in the Field

The 7th Bedfords have today travelled to the villages of Vacquerie and Gorges, well behind the lines south-west of Doullens. The 8th Battalion, also in billets behind the lines, has had the honour today of congratulations from General Officer Commanding 6th Division on their performance in terrible circumstances on 15th September as well as on 25th September.

Sadly, strong German counter-attacks in the early hours of this morning pushed the Canadians out of the gains they made in Regina Trench yesterday. The 47th (2nd London) Division carried on the fight around Eaucourt-l’Abbaye but this still remains in enemy hands. 50th (Northumbrian) Division cleared some of the area on the Londoners’ left flank.

The Schwaben Redoubt remains a point of contest. Today 55th Brigade of 18th Division was attacked in its positions in the redoubt and driven from some of them by an attack which has lasted all day

Today has been wet and chilly and the fighting has definitely taken on the characteristics of Autumn. There is mud everywhere and this tires the men as quickly as being in action itself.

Sources: X550/8/1; X550/9/1

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