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By Michael Renshaw

Beaucourt is without doubt one of the final elements of the conflict of the Somme nonetheless to be lined, beforehand, by means of the sumptuous Battleground Europe sequence. It was once additionally one of many final activities of the conflict of the Somme, 1916.The eventual catch of Beaucourt besides Beaumont Hamel pressured the Germans to retreat to their new line of defense often called the Hindenburg Line. Readers are taken on a voyage of discovery during the village of Beaucourt and alongside the banks of the Ancre towards Cambrai.

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I fear little nearly all our bombing teams are gone. We are right back now, not more than 30 miles from Boulogne and are hoping to get drafts and trying to refit and sort things out. Fortunately the four Company Sgt Majors and four Company Quarter Master Sgts were not allowed over the parapet so the Company Staff is intact. Cather’s loss is a severe one, he was quite wonderful as an Adjutant, but his was a glorious death and his name has gone in for a posthumous Victoria Cross. He brought in one wounded man from about 150 yards from the German wire in daylight!

Rebuilding the destroyed villages commenced in the late twenties in earnest, although pre-fabricated huts and chalets appeared before this time, some of which are still inhabited today. This book takes its name from the Beaucourt village situated in the Ancre valley, and should not be confused with other Beaucourts in the Somme area. A further few words of explanation are needed here. Some of the other villages in the area where this book is set have often confused the visitor by the way they are named.

Lieutenant Lemon’s remaining men were cut off between the German front and second lines and only two got away, Corporal Burgess and Rifleman McNeilly. Burgess got lost on the way back and McNeilly returned alone. On the site of the German machine gun post that caught the Ulstermen so badly as they descended into the gulley. This is on top of the bank on the right of the entrance to the Ancre British Cemetery, where many of its victims lie. The two remaining platoons of B Company never left the British positions as they were held up by the 9/Royal Irish Fusiliers, whom they were following, although Captain C S Murray in command was wounded.

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