Saturday 12 November 2016

Day One Hundred and Thirty Five on the Somme

Sunday 12th November 1916 From our Correspondent in the Field

The atmosphere on the battlefield today has been strange, almost eerie. The day has been fine but very dull, with an almost yellow-grey light. Your correspondent slogged over to the village of Auchonvillers, close to the front line in front of Beaumont-Hamel where he met with the commanding officer of the 4th Battalion who was tight-lipped but from whom the impression was received that his men would be going “over the top” tomorrow to attack the area between Y-Ravine and the River Ancre.

4th Bedfords are part of 63rd (Royal Naval) Division and, as one might expect, there was a certain wry amusement about “sending in the navy” to attack an area under water from rain and the River Ancre which has overflowed its shell-scarred banks at this point.

This afternoon the battalion marched to its assembly trenches off the appropriately named Bedford Street. They have the 7th Royal Fusiliers on their right and the 10th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers on their left.

Source: X550/5/3

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