37th Trench Duty 12th – 18th December 1916

12.12.1916 SOUASTRE: Battalion relieved 5th Battalion in RIGHT SECTOR (X1 Sub Sector) trenches (GOMMECOURT). Disposition of Battalion as under:-

  • Letter “C” Company LEFT Sub-Sector
  • Letter “B” Company CENTRE Sub-Sector
  • Letter “A” Company RIGHT Sub-Sector
  • BLUFF Letter “D” Company
  • Headquarters THORPE STREETRight Sector X1 1916

Relief completed by 12.30 pm.

Hipkins2/Lieut. FW HIPKINS to Divisional School.

The Bluff: "On the evening of the 4th June we moved up through Foncquevillers, and relieved the 5th Sherwood Foresters in the right sector, opposite Gommecourt Park. A road and bank, running parallel with the front line, and about 100 yards behind it, provided Battalion Headquarters. Behind this again, the "Bluff," a steep bank, gave the support Company a good home". The Fifth Leicestershire, A record of the 1/5th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment, T.F., during the War, 1914-1919

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]


Mud december 1916Communication Trenches and Centre and Left Sector front lines in a very bad state, in place knee deep in mud and water.

1/7th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]


12th: Enemy Trench Mortar action against our left Battalion during the night. 6th & 8th Battalions relieved 5th & 7th in the front line, the later returning to Divisional Reserve.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

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