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What was C company up to 8th East Surrey on July 1st 1916


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I can find a lot about B Company and the football would C company have been next to them ? 

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I imagine the war diary which you can download free at present will give you the answer.

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I read the diary that’s on the east Surrey website but it only talked about B Company on that day unfortunately I will download from National Archives but guess it’s the same one 

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According to the History of the East Surrey Regiment 1914-1917 Naval & Military Press. 'C' company was on the right of B Company on the 1st July 1916. D Company in support whilst A Company was in reserve. The account does mention that C Company was much reduced as a result of heavy casualties with the platoons reduced to 10 or 12 men so a platoon from D Company was included. It describes the two companies, B & C attacking as one line, and of course Captain Nevill had the famous footballs. 

Tony P

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3 hours ago, Ancre1917 said:

Have a look for Jonathan Porter’s book.

An absolute must for anyone interested in 1 July 1916. Two books published thus far, the nearest thing we have to definitive IMO.

58 DM.

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Thank you everyone and fir the tips on the info 

great 

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