Let us go forward 96 years to our battlefield tour, with the sunrise over the Somme:
Looking out from our bed and breakfast - Beaumont Hamil View towards Hawthorn Ridge and the location of Hawthorn Crater.
Hawthorn Crater was one of the 17 mines that were exploded by the British on the morning of 1 July 1916 to signal the start of the battle of The Somme. It became famous as the explosion at 0720hrs was captured on film...
The mine took seven months to lay, being 75ft deep and 1,000ft long. It was prepared with a 40,600lb ammonal charge by 252nd Tunnelling Company. The resultant crater was 40ft deep and 300ft wide.
|A bit different today as all you see is a tractor in the fields....|
All we did was as soon as we left the bed and breakfast,it was a right turn down at farm track, which was Old Beaumont Road and we were onto the battlefield.
One of the first stops was in Sunken lane at a spot where the black and white photograph was taken in 1916. These soldiers were about to go 'OVER THE TOP'.......
Interesting to see that when you look at this particular area of the Somme how the lay of land changes, and you soon begin to realise the importance of commanding the higher ground.
Then went a bit click happy and did some photgraphy and here is just a small selection I did during the 25 mile tour, which criss crossed the British and German Lines.
I have put more pictures on my Flickr page at: Beaumont Hamil View Battlefield Tour
|Top of the Sunken lane|
|51st Division Flag Pole|
|Beaumont Hamil Church - Restored|
|Ammo still on the Somme|
|At the bottom of Hawthorn Crater|
|On top of old observation point|
|Our tour guide David Platt at the end of the day|
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.