By Michael Renshaw
The battling on Redan Ridge in 1916 has lengthy been overshadowed via occasions on every one flank, specifically Serre at the left and Beaumont Hamel at the correct. On 1 July 1916 the sphere was once occupied by means of the 4th department, made of the various veteran usual battalions, the previous Contemptibles, even supposing few of the unique participants had survived so far. It used to be in most cases Territorials and new military males who fought the following. a different function contains little recognized bills of occasions on the Quadrilateral on that fateful day. The November battles contain the 2d department and the thirty second department and contain the fight around the dust to Beaumont trench, Frankfurt and Munich trenches. Biographical information of a few of the well-known males who took half, reminiscent of H H Munroe, the writer Saki and A A Milne, writer and writer of Winnie the Pooh, also are integrated.
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As far as I could judge we were in the German second trench in about A Coy’s area. Glover was indeed in Beaumont Trench and, as already mentioned, was reinforced by some Somersets who, unable to get any further towards Munich Trench than their shell holes, consolidated and extended their position northwards in an attempt to link up with the Warwickshire battalions which had attacked on the left. Major G W Barclay MC, 1/Rifle Brigade, survived on I July but was killed in action four weeks later.
An unnamed officer with Captain Martin carried a Winchester repeater rifle into battle. The second in command of the Battalion, Major Townsend, was Australian by birth, but had settled in Birmingham, in business. He carried a Browning automatic into the battle with him, a bottle of whisky and a terrier dog. He lost direction but got into a German trench where he carried on the fight. He was wounded twice and returned to the British lines for more whisky. He was, however, bundled protesting into an ambulance.
They were never seen again. Air reconnaissance reported this as a breakthrough and as a result false hopes were raised. Map 3. ASSEMBLY POSITIONS, 4 DIVISION 1 JULY. (Taken from original colour coded map) A German Maxim crew await the attack. German troops take British prisoners. The reason there were so many mixed units in the communication trenches north of Ridge Redoubt was because many men veered sharply to the left away from the more concentrated fire on the right, which also came from the Hawthorn Ridge in front of Beaumont Hamel.