Below is a list of the history pages, personal accounts, extracts and photos that have been tagged with a reference to '1916'...
1. [ history ]
A brief outline of 51st (Highland) Division in the First World War 1914 - 1919
2. [ history ]
During the Battle of the Somme, High wood had been taken by 7th Dragoon Guards and Deccan Horse but part had subsequently been retaken by the Germans. The division was ordered into the line on 21 July that evening. With less than twenty four hours to prepare, on 22 July 1916 the Division was ordered to attack High Wood...
3. [ history ]
A description of the battle of Ancre in November 1916 which, for the 51st Highland Division, will be remembered as the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.
4. [ battalions ]
A brief history of the 9th Battalion Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) (9RS)
1. [ account ]
An extract from Pte. MacPherson's Diary of Active Service detailing his movements between 29th February to 4th March 1916 as the 9th Royal Scots joined the 51st (Highland) Division.
2. [ account ]
Extract from Pte. MacPherson's Diary of Active Service, details the Attack on High Wood, Somme, 21st & 22nd July 1916
3. [ extract ]
Description of the 2nd attack on High wood on 30th July 1916. Extract from "The Fifty First in France" by Capt. RR Ross, Gordon Highlanders, published in 1918.
4. [ account ]
Personal account from the Diary of Pte. MacPherson, 9th Royal Scots, of 154 Brigade during the attack on Beaumont Hamel between the 12th - 14th November 1916
5. [ extract ]
An extract from Derek Bird's "The Spirit of the Troops is Excellent" detailing 152 Brigade's attack on Beaumont-Hamel, 13 NOV 1916.
6. [ op order ]
Instructions relating to Operations Order, issued (12th Nov 1916) for the attack by 1/6th Battalion, Black Watch, at Beaumont Hamel 13th Nov. including the attached Fire Plan time table.
7. [ op order ]
Operations Order for the attack by 1/6th Battalion, The Black Watch, at Beaumont Hamel 13th Nov 1916.
1. [ photo ]
1/9th Royal Scots c.1916. The 9th Battalion Royal Scots joined the 51st Highland Division in 1916.
2. [ photo ]
Section of trench system "The Labyrinth" June - July 1916
3. [ photo ]
British artillery bombard the German trenches immediately prior to attack, Beaumont Hamel.
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Shell craters close to Mametz Wood. July 1916
5. [ photo ]
Sketch map by Pte. MacPherson, 9th Royal Scots. Caption reads "Happy Valley", Somme, July 1916. Sketch illustrates trench positions between Mametz Wood and High Wood around Bazentin. Sketch forms part of MacPherson's diary of Active Service.
6. [ photo ]
Mametz village in ruin. Taken 4th July after its capture by the 7th Division on 1st July 1916 during the Battle of Albert.
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German ammunition wagons, wrecked by British RA fire in Mametz Wood, July 1916.
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8-inch Howitzers of 39th Siege Battery in Fricourt-Mametz Valley, August 1916.
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Photograph showing the Black Watch marching back along the Fricourt-Albert road led by pipers. Aug '16
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Men of the 9th Battalion, Royal Scots marching in waterproofs. Amiens-Albert road, September 1916.
11. [ photo ]
Aerial photograph looking north towards Martinpuich, showing High Wood (right) during Battle of the Somme. The trenches and scares from artillery shelling litter the landscape.
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Photograph of transport along the Auchonvillers to Beaumont Hamel road, November 1916.
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Flooding across the Ancre Valley area, November 1916
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An IWM Photograph showing British troops returning from leave at Mailly Maillet, November 1916. The soldiers include Lancashire Fusiliers (154 Brigade) and the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding).
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Sketch map by Pte. MacPherson, 9th Royal Scots, showing Ancre Valley area between November - December 1916. Part of MacPherson's diary of Active Service.
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Men of Gordons in a reserve trench. Bazentin-le-Petit. Somme. November 1916.
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A pack horse loaded with rubber trench boots (waiders) is led through the mud near Beaumont Hamel on the Somme battlefield, November 1916.
18. [ photo ]
Map / Diagram showing the 152 Brigade Attack on Beaumont Hamel on 13 November 1916 during the Battle of Ancre.
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Ruins of the Railway Station at Beaumont Hamel, captured by the 51st Division on 13 November 1916, during Battle of the Ancre.
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German prisoners counted in from Beaumont Hamel, captured by the 51st (Highland) Division on 13th November 1916.
21. [ photo ]
This photograph shows the reference map of German trench positions and objectives described in Operation Orders No. 149 for the attack by 1/6th Battalion, Black Watch, on Beaumont Hamel, 13 November 1916. The original is held at the Black Watch Museum.
22. [ photo ]
This photograph shows Operation Orders for the attack by 1/6th Battalion, The Black Watch, at Beaumont Hamel on 13 Nov 1916. The original is held within the archives of the Black Watch Museum and is too delicate and worn in places to read easily, however, the text has been retyped and can be read from our WWI > Battle of Ancre history section. A map that accompanied the order can also be viewed there.
23. [ photo ]
View of the battlefield of Beaumont Hamel (Battle of Ancre) showing the blasted land.
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The remains of the village of Beaumont Hamel after its capture during the Battle of the Ancre. The photograph (taken 26 Nov 1916) shows British troops in the ruins of Beaumont Hamel on the Somme battlefield two weeks after its capture on 13 Nov 1916.
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The mound of rubble on the left is noted as the ruins of the Church at Beaumont Hamel. The grave crosses in foreground are German. Photograph taken 26th November 1916.
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Shell bursting amongst the barbed wire entanglements on the battlefield at Beaumont Hamel, December 1916
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Sketch map made by Pte. MacPherson, 9th Royal Scots, illustrating German and Allied positions around Fampoux and Roeux Villages along the River Scarpe during late April 1917. Sketch comes from MacPherson's diary of his Active Service.