Friday 18 November 2016

Day One Hundred and Forty One on the Somme

Saturday 18th November 1916 From our Correspondent in the Field

It has been very wet again today here on the Somme. There was even a heavy fall of snow at Berles-au-Bois where 2nd Bedfords are in the line.

The rain and snow has simply added to the misery of the troops in the front and support lines. The word here is that the Battle of the Somme has probably come to a close. This morning the Higland Light Infantry from 32nd Division attacked Frankfort Trench, east of Beaucourt, in a blinding sleety rain. Sadly their attack ran into heavy fire and, though a small number of men made it into the trench they were forced out again. The two battalions taking part have lost around 275 dead between them(1).

Source: X550/3/wd

(1) This was the last attack during the Battle of the Somme.

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