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Remembering them all, especially Pte H Brotherton ASC, driver of tank C1 - Champagne - KIA at Courcelette - the first fatal casualty.

(coloured picture of Champagne taken by Frank Hurley, Capt AIF, on the Pozières battlefield, September 1917) for more info see: http://www.awm.gov.au/captured/official/western/pozieres.asp

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Entries from my Grandfather's Diary for this time - his 9.2 Howitzer was located "in the neighbourhood of Usna Hill"

Sept 13th

D Gun another 108 (rounds fired - my addition, PW). The Landships arrived. If they do not put the breeze up Fritz, they should do.

Sept 14th

Heavy day's shooting. 211 D Gun. The Land sharks went up.

Sept 15th

Attack today - everything gone well. Fritz nearly had a fit when the Dreadnoughts went for him - fired a shot or two at them and then off as fast as he could gallop. Hundreds of prisoners. Good news coming through.

note that he uses 3 different terms for the tanks - none of them being "tanks"!

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If he was located in the area of Usna Hill, he probably saw Champagne amongst the tanks as they made their way towards Pozieres and the start of action at Coucellette.

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