High Wood (Somme), German counter-attack west of, failed.
Still plenty of hostile counter battery work, suppose we must
expect it for a good long time now at least until the infantry make
another big shove.
German attack on Delville Wood (Somme) repulsed.
Shoot with 9th Siege.Major made a mess of things after reporting target by ordering F2
to [...] out.
British gain ground west of
Luggie fairly busy with shelling.Some washout shoot with 28th Siege.
Steve Beardmore shifted up quite close tonight.
Two years now, looks like it’s going to be another two.
Two years to the day since Britain declared war, and two years and three months before it
British gain German second
line system on a front of 2,000 yards north of Pozieres, several hundred
Very decent today, quite a nice day, but no aero shoots.Fritz still shelling this district very heavily.
Saw a lot of Steve Beardmore today.
Fine clear morning, Bosche aeroplanes very active.
Should be another fuggle tomorrow the 7th [?]
Slight British progress east of Pozieres towards Martinpuich.
British attack outskirts of
north and north-east of Pozieres, repulsed.
British move against
Guillemont continues, line advanced 400 yards.
French took Maurepas today, many prisoners.
Wonder if they are going to do try a push somewhere else on the
front, doesn’t seem as if they intend to do much more just here.
British advance on a mile
front north-west of Pozieres.French
gain the German third line system of trenches from Somme to Hardecourt.
MRD (49th) called up , all guns out of action.Had a bit of mail today for a change.
Fritz put shells very near here today, one within 5 yards.
49th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery
Nothing much doing.
Great artillery activity
north and south of the Somme
Greenham came, had to reverse position of poles.
Went up to old Bunny’s place.
Colleague died:John Frederick Pearce, 2/AM 7750 (4 before HTT).RFC, Wireless Section 9th Sqadron, age: 18.Son of Frederick Nicholas and Laura Pearce, of 53, Dynham Road, West Hampstead, London.Buried at Corbie
Communal Cemetery Extension Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 2. Row A. Grave
British advance west and
south-west of Guillemont.
Violent artillery fighting
north and south of the Somme.
British advance from Pozieres
to Somme; ground gained towards Ginchy and Guillemont.
French gain part of Maurepas
and extend their gains south-east.
counter-attacks north of Maurepas beaten back by French.
Weather lately very unfavourable for aeroplane observation, too
cloudy or misty.
Just learnt that General Congreve who stopped Dale and myself
in Dragons Wood, led the attack on Montauban personally, escaped without a
From Dr. Conan Doyle's
history of ' The British Campaign in France and Flanders, 1916 - his account of how Montauban was taken by the
Thirteenth Corps under General [Sir
Walter] Congreve on the first day of the battle:
“The hardest fighting of any fell to the lot of the 55th
Brigade upon the right. No sooner had the troops come out from cover than
they were met by a staggering fire which held them up in the Breslau Trench.
The brigade was winning its way forward but the hard
resistance of the Germans had delayed it to such a point that there was a
danger that it would not be in its place so as to cover the left flank of
the 90th Brigade, who were due to attack Montauban at 10 a.m. Such a
failure might make the difference between victory and defeat. At this
critical moment the officer commanding the East Surreys dashed to the
front, reformed his own men with all whom he could collect and led them
onwards. Captain Neville was killed in gallantly leading the rush, but the
wave went forward.
By two platoons of West Kents were into Montauban Alley, and had
seized two houses at the western end of Montauban, which were rapidly
fortfied by a section of the 92nd Field Company. The flank of the 90th was
assured. A South African officer led the first group of Surrey men who seized
Montauban.He is said during
the action to have slain seventeen of the enemy." [http://web.mala.bc.ca/davies/H482.WWI/YoungCanada.Heroes.Somme.htm]
Lieut Turner came, quite a stranger.Very decent and chatty.Mentioned
that I and one or two more had been mentioned for anything that was going,
Likely to mean put forward
for a medal – later awarded on 8 Oct 1916.
Day fairly quite.Artillery
active all night.Plenty of
bosche machines about this evening.Infantry
supposed to have done good work yesterday.
Heavy aerial fighting on Somme front.
Strong German attacks at Guillemont repulsed.
Further British advance
towards Thiepval (northern Somme).Hard fighting east and north-east edge of Delville Wood, ground
gained and prisoners taken.German
attacks west of Ginchy (Somme) driven off.
Terrible accident in 66th.One of their 9.2s blew up, 1 killed, the gun lifted right of off
cradle and flattened him, several wounded, one with his leg off and head
66th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Too much shrapnel to be healthy, 1 killed, 11 injured this
afternoon.What price a couple
of seats in the Scala tonight.
Wonder if Gert is enjoying herself.
British take a short length of German trench north of Bazentin-le-Petit
Right section depart this morning for a week’s rest at
Corbie.Wish I could go.Drew taken Forsyth’s place, comes from Tottenham, very decent.
Nothing doing re aeros, showers.Shrapnel plentiful.
Gloriously fed up with every damned thing.
Weather wretched until this evening.All the blessed squadron over then.
Damned awful weather, nearly flooded out.Fritz awful busy on counter battery work, made a mess of this
station, also 66th.
“During the late morning of
29th August 1916 Robert Burleigh and Reginald Harry took off from Marieux
aerodrome in BE2c no. 4187 on their last flight. Their task was to use
their wireless to direct artillery fire onto the ruined village of Thiepval above the River Ancre.
At about 12.00 above Thiepval
they were attacked by Oberleutnant Hans Bethge of Jasta 1. The combat was
seen by the crew of another 15 Squadron machine at 3,000 feet over
Beaumont Hamel engaged on an artillery shoot.
Burleigh and Harry crashed
near a trench named Carlisle Street, in the British support line. The spot is west of the
Caribou memorial inside the present day NewfoundlandMemorial Park. The machine lay on the crest of the ridge and was
shelled by the Germans during the day. The bodies of Burleigh and Harry
were removed for burial in KnightsbridgeCemetery.” [fromAIR1/1359/204/21/9,
Public Record Office.]
Fair day, terribly busy on wireless.Lt Kaman called up, but his petrol gave out.
Operator at work
Heavy German attacks between
Ginchy and Bois Foureaux.