Trav Posted 17 November , 2019 Share Posted 17 November , 2019 (edited) I made my way over here to Mons this weekend as I was curious to see exactly where my Grandfather fought on that first day. Two years ago I knew only my Grandfather's name (or I thought I did!) that he was Irish, and that he served in WWI. Since then, I have been continuously reading and examining maps, building up what has become a 200 page document concerning his early life. This document details his route to Mons, his route from there to Caudry (where he was wounded and captured) and also, with the help of the War Diaries of the 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and 2nd Bn. Royal Scots, Gerald Lowry's book From Mons to 1933, and numerous other sources, his location on 23rd August 1914. I believe 2 RIR were upon Hill 93 just North of Harmignies and also along the roadside (in a ditch) running from there down towards Spiennes. Saint-Symphoren Military Cemetery is close by, visible from Hill 93 (now quarried), so I paid my respects there too. The photos that follow are of the road the soldiers lined up along, their view toward the advancing Germans, the vista from Hill 93 and Saint-Symphorien Cemetery. It was a tad dull and grey when I started out but the sky was blue toward the end of the day, and I was quite content with myself too... returning to a place I doubt my Grandfather remembered the name of (if he knew at all), 105 years later, and also as an Irish Citizen too (my papers came through last week). Above: Looking NW along the N40 (from Hill 93) toward the N564 crossroads... left for Spiennes, right for St. Symphorien. Above: The ditch to the right of the N40 which was occupied by 2nd bn. Royal Scots and 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. The Germans advanced from the right of the photo. Above: Looking NW along the N40 and almost atop Hill 93, which is no longer exists as it has been quarried away. Mons lies behind the trees to the right, the German advance (in this area) came through the fields in the distance. Above: The view from Hill 93 (as close as possible) looking North to St. Symphorien. Edited 22 November , 2021 by Trav To provide exact details of the views in the photographs Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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