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It took me a while to pin this place down which featured so much in the diaries of 11th (Northern) Division in the summer of 1918 so I thought I'd record it here in case it helps others.

 

WO95/1794, the war diary of the Adjutant and QM General for the division, records that the divisional HQ was located at a place called Bracquemont between 15 April and 26 August 1918.  Other entries in other war diaries occasionally also refer to this place but sometimes spell it as Braquemont.

 

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(Image courtesy of The National Archives).

 

Searches on modern maps returned only one village of either spelling but that was in Seine Maritime a few miles east of Dieppe.  That was clearly not the right place.  The diaries refer to a host of other places on the Western Front such as Mazingarbe, Philospohe, Hersin and Noeux-les-Mines.  They did though find a Rue de Braquemont in Noeux-les-Mines which appeared to be the current rue nationale.  

 

Thanks to the excellent maps available from McMaster University, a speculative look around the area of Noeux-les-Mines found that what is now a seemingly unnamed suburb of that village was the old village of Braquemont. 

 

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(Image courtesy of McMaster University).  Sadly what the map doesn't show is where the school was - that was the scene of many courts martial held by the division that summer.  Should a pal happen to be passing through this place at some point and spot an old schoolhouse it would be super were you able to post a photo of it here.

 

David.

 

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Almost certainly the Ecole St Exupery, next to the church. Marked in red on the map. From limited google earth view, looks like much may be the original building.

 

Peter

 

brac2.jpg

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good morning,

 

as soon as we are freer in our movements (France) I will go and take a picture of the school.
living nearby.


Kind regards


Michel

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Peter, Michel,

 

that's fantastic - and really kind.  

 

And I've just spotted that on your map, Peter, the village is spelled Bracquemont.  No wonder there were both variations in the unit war diaries!

 

    David.

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good morning,

 

here is the picture on the School and the Church in Bracquemont :

 

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regards

 

michel

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4 hours ago, battle of loos said:

good morning,

 

here is the picture on the School and the Church in Bracquemont :

 

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regards

 

michel

Michel,

 

That's fantastic.  Really nice photos.  Thank you so much.  

 

David.

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On 26/11/2020 at 20:07, David26 said:

Peter, Michel,

 

that's fantastic - and really kind.  

 

And I've just spotted that on your map, Peter, the village is spelled Bracquemont.  No wonder there were both variations in the unit war diaries!

 

    David.

 

In fact on that map it's spelled Bracquement, with an e, while on the McMaster map it's Braquement, without a c. So that's four possibilities!

 

Cheers Martin B

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On 26/11/2020 at 10:41, mebu said:

Presque certainement l'Ecole St Exupéry, à côté de l'église. Marqué en rouge sur la carte. Du point de vue limité de Google Earth, on dirait que beaucoup de choses peuvent être le bâtiment d'origine.

 

Peter

 

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good morning,

 

Here's an overlay of your map with a current satellite view :

 

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Kind regards

 

Michel

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Thank you Michel, that's really excellent.  (And thank you also Martin). 

 

As Martin has said, both original maps spell the place name with a suffix of -ment, rather than -mont which is what appears in the British war diaries. I'm tempted to suggest that the maps are more likely to be accurate, but, as someone who lives locally, I just wondered if you might have any insights as to the correct spelling? 

 

David.

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Good morning

the name "Braquemont" comes from a coal mining engineer:
Adrien Aubé from Bracquemont

sorry it's in French:
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrien_Aub%C3%A9_de_Bracquemont

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fosse_n%C2%B0_1_-_1_bis_des_mines_de_N%C5%93ux

its been given to this mining town like so many others.

as to its spelling, it varies from the time and nationality of the person writing it.

Kind regards

Michel

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Thank you so much Michel.  I am very grateful for that and shall use Bracquemont as the correct spelling.

 

And please never apologise for posting links or items about France or French people that are in French - it is only appropriate that they should be in French.  (Sadly my web browser has decided to forcibly translate these pages into pigeon English for me and I am struggling to work out how to turn off Microsoft's 'web translate' so that I can properly appreciate the articles).

 

Best regards,

 

  David.

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