Places Visited

This a list of the places Private Whitmore mentions in his diary.

  • Bray [1] at 3.15 afternoon, Band playing in square, shells bursting all around.
  • Six days in Carnoy [2] Trenches, fearful experience
  • Bronfay Farm [3]. S.M. Malin & myself carry on to Chipilly arriving 8am.
  • Three days rest then back again to Bompay Wood, [??] 5 days in the trenches.
  • Leave trenches for Froissy [??] by canal stay 6 days including Christmas day
  • On reserve at Billon Wood, [5] last day of 1915,
  • Leave Bray arrive Vaux. [6]Three kilos from Corbie,
  • Left Vaux 10th March. Arrived Villers Vocage [7]same day stayed one night,
  • Left Villers Vocage 11th March for Doullens [8]arrived same day, stayed one night,
  • Left Doullens 12 March for Grande Rullecourt [9] Stay at Rullecourt one day
  • Left Rullecourt for Agnez – les Duisans [10], stay one night.
  • Leave Agnez – les Duisans, for Arras, arrive Arras: Visit Hotel De Ville [11]at 2am and hospital
  • taken same day to Habarcq [12]12 Kilos from Arras. Batn came into Habarcq same night.
  • Q.M & Servant wounded on road entering Arras (Dead Man corner) [??]
  • Leave Arras Saturday 17th June for  stay at Duisans [??]for 5 days,
  • Leave for the village of Lattre St Quentin [13]16 kilos from Arras.
  • Leave Lattre St Quentin Monday 26th June for Wailly [14]South of Arras,
  • Company march to Gouves [15]near Agnes.
  • Leave Gouves for the village of Magnicourt sur Canche [16]
  • Leave Magnicourt Sur Canche on the 13th July 1916 for village of Boisbergues, XXX
  • Leave Boisbergues for Herissart [19]about 17 miles, passing through Bernaville.
  • Leave Herissart for Franvillers, [20]arriving on the 15th July 1916.
  • Leave Franvillers for Meaulte [21]about 8 miles past Albert on the left,
  • Leave Meaulte for Mametz [23]on the 19th July., Pass Fricourt, [22]
  • On Saturday night 10pm Batt attack between Delville & High Wood, or Furneaux Wood. [23]
    See Holt map
  • Dig ourselves in on the Ridge behind the front line, between Mametz & Ozieres. 
  • We march back first day Dernancourt [24]on the 8th August under canvas.
  • Leave Dernancourt on the 4th August, entrain at Edge Hill for Airaines [25]
  • Passing through the stations of Corbie and Amiens, stay at Metigny [26]for one night.
  • Next day 5th August March to the village Etrejust [27] sleeping in the wood, I make a bivouak.
  • We walk from Etrejust to Airaines [25] where I have a good lunch of chicken and whiskey
  • I take train for Abbeville [28]via Long-Pre [29] and arrive at Abbeville at 3.30,
  • Next day I go by train to St Valery-Sur-Somme [30], stay the night at Hotel Belle Vue.
  • Leave St Valery-Sur-Somme after dinner 5pm and return to Abbeville, changing at Noyelles TS.
  • Stay one night under canvas on a hill left of Bray [31],
  • Leave at 12noon Saturday, march to village of Montauban, near Trones Wood [32] Bios des Troncs
  • Go in support to the front line to Malts Horn [33] trench on the ridge in front of Guillemont {see page 123}
  • Go to Billon Farm [5] area, stay at Billon Farm area for 2 days, no canvas, Men sleep in open.
  • Move on 27th September for the ‘citadel’ Happy Valley. [??]
  • Leave next day, Saturday for Caubert [34]
  • Leave Caubert for Abbeville to entrain for Lillers [35], a large town near Bethune by train,
  • Passing through the towns of Frevent and St Pol {train stations}.
  • March to Locon, [37]small village, past third post at Bethune {train stations}.
  • Move to small village of  Essars [36],
  • Move to Festubert [38]village in support,
  • Leave Festubert for Givenchy [39]
  • 6 days rest in Gorre. [40]

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