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2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers 1st July 1916

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From the attached PRO map of the 4th Division in between Serre and Beaumont Hamel on the Somme, 1st July 1916, I cannot locate 2nd Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Does anyone know the battalion's location on this date, were they further back in reserve and not shown on the map?

The 4th Division:

10th Brigade

1st Bn, the Royal Warwicks

2nd Bn, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers

2nd Bn, the Seaforth Highlanders

1st Bn, the Royal Irish Fusiliers

11th Brigade

1st Bn, the Somerset Light Infantry

1st Bn, the East Lancashire

1st Bn, the Hampshire

1st Bn, the Rifle Brigade

12th Brigade

1st Bn, the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

2nd Bn, the Lancashire Fusiliers

2nd Bn, the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

2nd Bn, the Essex

48th Division 143rd (Warwickshire) Brigade attached to 4th Division for 1 day only

143rd (Warwickshire) Brigade

1/5th Bn, the Royal Warwicks (in reserve)

1/6th Bn, the Royal Warwicks

1/7th Bn, the Royal Warwicks (in reserve)

1/8th Bn, the Royal Warwicks




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Ray Westlakes Battalions on the Somme gives,

Moved from camp at Bertrancourt into assembly positions just north of Mailly Maillet on 30/6.

Between 8 and 8-30am on 1/7 advanced and later crossed German line south of the Quadrilateral. Enemy counter attacked and a withdrawal was made during the night. Casualties= 368.


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Many thanks for the information regarding 2nd Bn Lancashire Fusuliers.




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