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Looking for a specific location, 144th Infantry Brigade, 6th and 7th May 1916. (1/6th Gloucesters & 1/8th Worcestershire


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I have three post cards all taken at the same place over two days in May 1916, all of which relate to the 144th Infantry Brigade, 48th Division.

The first is entitled, A. Coy, No 1 Platoon 1/6th Gloucestershire Regiment. 6th May 1916.

The second is, Machine Gun Company 144th Infantry Brigade. A. Section. Undated but taken at the same location. Most of the soldiers are wearing either Gloucestershire Regiment on M.G.C. cap badges.

The third is, A Coy, 8th Worcestershire Regiment. 7th May 1916. Again taken at the same location.

I am guessing that they are out of the line and probably resting in a village somewhere. If anyone can provide the location I will be very pleased.

I will post the photographs in due course.

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  • high wood changed the title to Looking for a specific location, 144th Infantry Brigade, 6th and 7th May 1916. (1/6th Gloucesters & 1/8th Worcestershire

Brilliant, many thanks.

Here is A Coy, No 1 Platoon, 1/6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment.

 

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Here is A Section of the Machine Gun Company, 144th Infantry Brigade.

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Incredibly I have another group photograph in my collection taken at the same location at a different date. this one of the 10th Platoon 1/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment. They are in the same Division as the others, the 48th (South Midland) T.F., but not in the same Brigade as they are in the 145th and not the 144th.

The post card was sent in September 1916 after they had come out of the line. It is rather moving in that the sender has numbered those who were killed and those who were wounded, so clearly the photograph was taken before they went into the line.

It would seem that Beauval was the rear base area for the 48th (South Midlands) Division. (T.F.) as they seem to have used it for the spring and summer of 1916. They clearly used the same location for their company photographs and I wonder if there was a local photographer in the village.

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To illustrate the point that it is the same location, here are the roof tiles in all three photographs together. The angle at which the photographs were taken is slightly different, but there is no doubt that it is the same location.

 

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My grandfather Tom Reeves was serving with the battalion then. They were on the receiving end of a German gas shell (phosgene) barrage in August 1916 whilst digging a communication trench near Ovilliers. This was new to them and they were slow to get their PH helmets on. Over the next few days men started  to collapse. This delayed action effect was a good sign it was phosgene. Tom was evacuated for treatment and ended up being transferred to 10th Lincoln’s.

TR

 

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Terry,

was it the 1/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment that your grand father served with? If so, I have several more related photographs that I can post.

Simon.

 

 

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Hello High Wood,

I have just come across this post and I have been absolutely fascinated by these images. I was wondering where you had managed to find these postcards and if you knew of any similar photographs that featured men serving with The 143rd Infantry Brigade who were also part of The 48th Division? Thank you so much for posting these absolutely fascinating images of these unique postcards.

Best Wishes,

Micah Dominic Parsons

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