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Remembered Today:

2nd Royal Scots at Guillemont, 29 July 1916


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I have been dissecting (or rather attempting to dissect) the infamous 90th Brigade attack at Guillemont. To my regret I do not have primary source material for the Royal Scots. I did note that the casualty levels seemed astonishingly high. I have read various reports of tunnels and of soldiers being cut off in the village and the sheer impossibility of bringing reinforcements over from the British lines.

My question is, can anyone clarify whether the bulk of the 633 ors and 17 officer casualties were wounded, captured or are we looking at a massacre ?

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Hello this came to me recentl-it would seem the Royal Scots 9th Battn? partook of massacre of 300 prisoners themselves in 1917 so if the former took place it seems realistic that a reciprocal action would occur. I think I found out about this in the BBC Great War series or maybe 'The picnic basket' by Major General Edward Spears. Not quite sure. Sean

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