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GlenBanna
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Does anyone know of a website that gives the main actions on each day of the war? Im looking for action that took place near Albert on the 13th October 1916

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How near to Albert? A lot was happening to the North/North-East/East of Albert over the period July to November 1916 but you would have to be more specific.

Jim

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The soldier is W T Muir and is buried in the Becourt Becordel cemetry. He belonged to the 88th machine gun brigade, 29th division. Lying next to him(same dates of death) is a soldier of the Essex and a soldier of the Manchester Rgiment

Glen

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GlenBanna,

as Jim states there was a lot happening around that time, however I have had a look in my copy of McCarthy's Somme Day by Day account and it just has a small entry for that day;

Friday 13th October (Temperature 61F;dull)

No movements of any great consequence!

Regards and best wishes,

Scottie.

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Thanks for trying Scottie. It may be that these soldiers were in a dressing station snd had been injured before that date.

Regards Glen

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That's the problem with any chronological account - it can only really name and describe larger events and sadly not the daily toll that trench warfare brought. Now there is a name though I am sure someone more expert will come along now and describe some event for the division on that day, especially if they have the unit diary for October. Be aware though that it might only say something like "some shelling in the afternoon, 2 ORs killed."

Jim

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Glen,

just what I was thinking?

Cannot find any direct reference to the 88th MG Brig however on the 12th October there is reference to the 88th brigade, 29th Division (attached to 12 Division) in an action to the North of Gueudecourt, storming a section of Hilt Trench (continuation of Rainbow Trench). It shows the 1st Essex involved as well!

This 'MAY' be the action he was injured in leading to his death the next day!

Regards and best wishes,

Scottie.

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Scottie this sounds like a very good lead. I know that the 88th were detached to the 12th Division for an attack.This as you say MAY be it.

John thanks for the lin k I will explore it.

Thanks regards

Glen

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I've got a copy Westlake's writtings of the Somme, covers all 616 Infantry Battalions involved in the battles upto November 1916, easily checked if you know what battalions your looking for

cheers, Jon

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1st Bn Essex (88th Bde) - Took over front line trenches on outskirts of Gueudecourt (11/10). Attacked north of village (12/10) - storming with Newfoundlanders a section of Hilt Trench. Some of the Essex reaching Grease Trench.

2nd Bn. Hampshire (88th Bde) - To bivouacs between Pommiers Redoubt and Montauban (10/10), trenches south of Gueudecourt (Bulls Road) (11/10). In support during attack on Hilt Trench (12/10) - moving forward to captured positions during night. Withdrew to reserve positions (15/10).

4th Bn. Worcester (88th Bde) - To Pommiers Redoubt (10/10), reserve trenches north of Delville Wood (the old German Switch Line) (11/10), front line on the outskirts of Gueudecourt (13/10). In action at Hilt and Grease Trenches (18/10).

From what I can make out the 35th Bde, 12th Division attacked Bayonet and Scabbard Trenches on 12th October 1916

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Pte 44158 Tom Farnworth 18th Bn. Manchester. DoW 13th October 1916 and buried (II D 62) Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel-Becourt. (Attack on Bayonet Trench (12/10)?

Pte 19476 Frederick Mann, 1st Bn. Essex. DoW 13th October 1916 and buried (II D 64) Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel-Becourt. (Attack on Hilt Trench (12/10)?

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Jay

Thats fantastic. Just what I was looking for. Thanks very much for the time and effort.

Regards Glen

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