8th Division Artillery Operation Order No. 14. 4 July 1916


SECRET                                                                                            Copy No 20


8th Division Artillery Operation Order No. 14.

4th July 1916



  1. The 8th Divisional Artillery will hand over responsibility for Artillery Defence of the Line to the 12th Divisional Artillery at 10 a.m. 5th July.


  1. The Headquarters R.A. 8th Division will close at HENECOURT at 10 a.m. 5th July and will re-open at CAVILON at a time to be notified later.


  1. The following moves will take place to day as under.

UNIT.             FROM .                       TO.                              REMARKS.



Adv Sections  HENENCOURT        Area 2             To march as a unit under

33rd Bde               WOOD                                         the orders of the senior

Officer present.

Adv Sections           ditto                   Area 2             Head of column to start

5th Bde            R.H.A.                                                           from BRESLE at 2.45                                                                                                p.m.  Head of column is          Adv Sections  BRESLE                     Area 3             not to cross the SOMME        45th Bde                                                                      in AMIENS before 6 p.m.                                                                                                 tail must be clear by 8                                                                                                 p.m.

Route BRESLE-                                                                                                         FRANVILLERS – Main                                                                                            AMIENS Road – to                                                                                                   Billeting Area.


  1. Remainder of the Divisional Artillery will be withdrawn tonight as laid down in O.O. No 12 dated 3rd July.


C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Bde Major 8th Divisional Artillery.


Copies to         8th Division

12th Division

19th Div. Arty.

12th Div. Arty.

3rd Corps R.A.

All Bdes R.F.A.

8th Div. Signals

12th Div. Signals.

Div. Train.




8 D.A. Appendix B 4 July 1916










G.O.C. 23rd                                       23rd Infantry Brigade

Infy Bde                                 8th Div. Train (SOUES)

Div. Am. Col.  (Near CROUY)




G.O.C. 25th                                       25th Infantry Brigade

Iny Bde                                   1 Field Ambulance (Riencourt)

5th and 33rd Brigades R.A.


No. 3 Area.     OISSY – DREUIL LES MOLLIENS – MOLLIENS VIDAME –                                                                                                              SAISSEVAL.

COMMANDER         G.O.C. 70th                               45th Bde R.F.A.

Infy Bde                                 70th Infy Bde.

1 Field Ambulance (SAISSEVAL)

1      “         “          (MOLLIENS)


No. 4 Area.     CAMPS en AMIENOIS.


C.R.E.                                                             3 Field Coys. R.E.

1 Pioneer Bn.


Div. H.Q. Area                       CAVILLON.

C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Bde Major 8th Div Arty.









18th DIVISION ORDER NO 21. July 4th 1916

SECRET                                                                                                         Copy No 7




July 4th 1916

Reference 1/20,000



  1. In future the front of the 18th Division will be held by two Brigades only.


  1. 53rd Infantry Brigade will relieve the 55th Infantry Brigade tonight on the front S.27.a.70 to the junction of MONTAUBAN ALLEY and CATERPILLAR TRENCH (Exclusive).


  1. On relief the 55th Infantry Brigade will withdraw to RAIL AVENUE and BRONFAY FARM.


  1. 54th Infantry Brigade will take over from the 53rd Infantry Brigade that portion of the Divisional front lying between the junction of MONTAUBAN ALLEY and CATERPILLAR TRENCH (inclusive) and the present right of the 54th Brigade.


  1. The 54th Infantry Brigade will also relieve two companies 53rd Infantry Brigade in CATERPILLAR WOOD.


  1. The Dividing Line between 53rd and 54th Infantry Brigades will be CATERPILLAR TRENCH (to 54th ) – a line drawn East of the LOOP to the junction of BUND and MINE SUPPORT trenches and thence to LOTHIAN STREET.


  1. Details of reliefs will be arranged between Brigadier Generals concerned.


  1. Communication trenches to CATERPILLAR WOOD will be completed as follows EAST TRENCH by 53rd Infantry Brigade.

CATERPILLAR TRENCH by 54th Infantry Brigade.

    1. Bryant


Senior General Staff Officer, 18th Division

Issued at 8/30 pm.

Copy No:-

1                  A.D.C. for G.O.C.                        16                Signals

2/3               ”G”                                    17                Pioneer Battalion

4/5                ”Q”                                    18                War Diary

6                  A.D.M.S.                           19                XIII Corps

7                  C.R.A.                                20               7th Division

8/9/10/11    R.F.A. Brigades.                 21               9th Division

12               C.R.E.                                 22               30th Division

13               53rd Inf Bde.                       23 3rd Division

14               54th Inf Bde.                       24 No 9 Sqn. R.F.C.

15               55th Inf Bde.

8th Divisional Artillery Instructions 4 July 1916


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8th Divisional Artillery Instructions


  1. The 8th Divisional Artillery will move South of Rives SOMME on 5th July.

Advance Sections will move to-day 4th inst,

Remainder of Batteries will be withdrawn tonight to BEHENCOURT –    FRENCHENCOURT AREA, and will march to billets SOUTH of SOMME     on 5th instant.

Units will march as in Appendix A to be issued later.

Orders for move of Advance Sections today will be sent direct, brigades being      notified.


  1. Billeting areas and Commanders of them are shewn in Appendix B attached.


  1. Divisional Artillery Headquarters will be at CAVILLON.




C.R. Gover Major R.A.

Bde Major 8th Divisional Arty.


Copies of these instructions have been sent to Advance Sections.








Pte. A.A. Smith letter 4 July 1916

Y.M.C.A headed notepaper.

Pte. A.A. Smith

No 27521

Reply to “C” Company 12th Bat. Essex Regt

Stationed at Dovercourt


July 4th 1916


Dear Father


As you see by the above address we are still at Dovercourt, I don’t know when we are going but I expect it will be all in a hurry when we do start. If I could find out for certain that we should be here for a little time I would try for a pass this week but I don’t think there is any chance of getting it.

How did you enjoy yourself at Farnham I hope they are all well?

I should be pleased to hear from you but if you write don’t send anything beyond a letter in case we move.

What do you think of the war news? We seem to be doing jolly well now.

It is grand weather here now. Glad to say I am quite well.

Did you receive my post-card it was written in rather a hurry.

I hope you are quite well also Jess & Ethel.

Remember me to Darvills & Miss Dimond how are they all?


With much love

Your devoted