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The battle of Flers- Courcelette, on the Somme was the 1st tank battle and took place on 15 Sept 1916, they had only 50 tanks ready and the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers were allocated 2. A relative of mine, James Hawkins was a driver for the Straker family in Northumberland in civilian life and was the recruited into the 7th NF. James was born in Durham in 1876 and I would love to hear from anyone who can shed any more light on either the battle or James (Jim)

Apparently he was mentioned in Dispatches - does anyone know where I could find out why/what he did?

Thanks in advance


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Information on MID is very rare; his unit was fighting in the area between High Wood and Martinpuich as part of the 50th Division.

Can't help much beyond that, I'm afraid


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Can email you accounts of the 7NF 's part in the battle, taken from the history.

PM me your email address and I'll scan them



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