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11th Warwickshires 13 August 1916


Kevin Tobin

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Does anyone have a copy of the 11th Battalion Warks war diary?

I am interested in 13/8/1916 please.

Thank you in advance.

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Here's the battalions extract from Westlakes' 'Battalions on the Somme'

11th (Service) Battalion. 112th Brigade, 37th Division:

At Hannescamps (1/7) - the 37th Division's role that day being to provide a defensive flank and fire smoke bombs along the front of 46th Division's attack at Gommecourt. To Bienvillers (3/7), Halloy (4/7) , Millencourt (6/7). Marched through Albert to the Tara-Usna Line (7/7), later 2 companies moved forward and occupied old German section known as 'Heligoland'. To forward positions between Contalmaison and La Boisselle (8/7). Relieved and co Tara-Usna line (11/7). Casualties from shelling since (15/7) - 170. To support trenches (13/7). Attack on Pozieres (15/7) - advanced east of Contalmaison Wood behind 8th East Lancashire and 6th Bedfordshire. Casualties - 275. To Albert (16/7), Heligoland trenches (18/7) - planned attack cancelled and returned to Albert. To Bresle (19/7), Lahoussoye (20/7), Bresle (30/7), Becourt Wood (31/7), positions between Bazentin-le-Petit Wood and Mametz Wood (6/8). Relieved 6th Bedfordshire in front line north of Bazentin-le-Petit (10/8). Here Battalion faced the German Intermediate Line, its wire being at distances varying from 150-230 yards away. Unsuccessful attack 10.30 p.m. (12/8) - 'A' and 'C' Companies leading sustained around 150 casualties after hand-to-hand fighting. Withdrew to Mametz Wood (14/8), Becourt Wood (15/8), via Albert to Lahoussoye (16/8). Entrained at Frechencourt for Longpre (18/8). Total casualties for Somme operations noted by Battalion historian Brevet-Colonel C.S. Collision, D.S.O. as 758 all ranks. Entrained for Bethune sector (19/8). Arrived Bertrancourt (23/10). Moved to Doullens area for training (25/10). Arrived Mailly-Maillet via Louvencourt and Bertrancourt (13/11) and from there took over part of line between Beaumont-Hamel and Serre. Attack on Frankfort Trench (14/11) - heavy machine gun fire from Munich Trench forced withdrawal to Waggon Road. To Englebelmer during night (16/11)

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