Sunday 9 October 2016

Day One Hundred and One on the Somme

Monday 9th October 1916 From our Correspondent in the Field

Whist it was still dark this morning 39th Division tred a surprise attack on the northern face of the Schwaben Redoubt but they were repulsed. This pestilential defence work has been a squabbling point since 28th September and each day has seen some activity there, great or slight. Just after noon 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment of 25th Division attacked Stuff Redoubt due east of the Schwaben Redoubt and captured it, supported by a very effective barrage. So, only one of the three Thiepval redoubts remains partially in enemy hands.

Today the Bedfordshire Yeomanry marched from Forest-l’Abbaye to Douriez. This would not be remarkable in itself, except they went via Crécy-en-Ponthieu, site of the grerat victory of Edward III and his son the Black Prince over the French in 1346. The padre, Rev H G Gibbons, told me he was planning a lecture on the battle for some rest period in the future(1)

Source: WW1/WD2

(1) It was given on 2nd December 1916 at Desvres

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