XIII CORPS “I” 9 January 1917

Norman Richardson

2nd Lieut.

18th D.L.I.

Attached XIII Corps I.

 

XIII CORPS “I”

9th January 1917.

INFORMATION

REGARDING THE SECTOR

ANCREGOMMECOURT.

Headquarters.

Command Posts.

Telephone centres.

Dumps.

Routes and approaches.

Observation Posts.

Billets.

Field Kitchens.

Machine Guns.

Trench Mortars.

General.

 

HEADQUARTERS, COMMAND POSTS, and TELEPHONE CENTRES.

Army H.Q. (First Army).                               —–      HAVRINCOURT.

Group H.Q. (‘A’ Group)                               ——     VAULX-VRAUCOURT (?)

Divisional H.Q. at :-                                      ——-   VAULX-VRAUCOURT

GOMIECOURT

BIHUCOURT

ACHIET-le-GRAND

Regimental & Brigade H.Q.:-                     ——     GREVILLERS

BEHAGNIES

PYS (M.2.c.64.05.and 55.20.) or (M.2.a.1.1.)

IRLES (G.31.a.7.4.) or (G.31.b.6.4.)

BIHUCOURT

ACHIET-le-GRAND

ACHIET-le-PETIT (G.13.a.)

ABLAINZEVILLE (Chateau)

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R.9.b.                          —          Eastern end of GRANDCOURT, S. of Road –

Regimental Command Post.

R.5.a.00.20.               —          PETIT MIRAUMONT. – Regimental Command Post.

R.5.a.45.20.               —               “            “               –       “                   “              “

R.4.a.2.1.                   —          In Ravine                      – Bn. H.Q. and Aid Post.

R.4.b.4.3.                   —          House in MIRAUMONT – Regimental Headquarters.

R.4.b.80.25.               —          MIRAUMONT                        – Regimental Command Post.

L.35.c.4.1.                  —          Farm in  MIRAUMONT        – Artillery Headquarters.

L.32.b.5.7.                  —                                                          – Brigade Battle H.Q.

L.32.c.9.2.                  —          PUISIEUX Trench               – Battalion H.Q.

L.26.a.3.1.                  —          Dugout in  PUISIEUX Trench       – Telephone Post.

L.25.a.8.2.                  —          in POM POM ALLey            – Regimental Command Post.

L.25.a.0.6.                  —          SERRE.                                 – Telephone Centre.

L.20.a.65.65.             —          PUISIEUX House East Regimental Command Post.

L.20.a.0.3.                  —          Dugouts W. of PUISIEUX  -Regimental Battle H.Q.

L.20.a.40.98.             —          PUISIEUX; large corner House in Market Street –

Battalion H.Q.

L.19.a.05.60.             —          Dugouts in HOCK Trench  – Regimental Command Post.

L.14.c.1.2.                  —          W. of PUISIEUX                   – Battalion Command and

Telephone Post.

L.7.c.8.1.                    —          S.E. of ROSIGNOL WOOD – Regimental Command Post.

L.7.c.3.5.                    —                 do                       do                 do              do

E.30.d.8.1.                 —          RETTEMOY FARM              –  Battalion Command Post.

E.28.d.9.9.                 —          GOMMECOURT WOOD     –  Battalion H.Q.

K.36.a.8.6.                 —          S. of  SERRE                        – Battalion H.Q.

K.36.c.12.30.             —          Dugouts in Support Line    – Regimental Command Post.

K.30.a.2.3.                 —          W. of SERRE                        – Battalion Command Post.

K.30 (unlocated)      —          SERRE                                  – Battalion H.Q.

 

K.24.c.8.6.                 —          N. of Trench junction          –  Battalion Command Post.

K.24.b.4.9.                 —          E. end of STAR WOOD      – Battalion H.Q.

K.18.d.0.7.                 —          W. of LA LOUVIERE FARM – Battalion Command and

Telephone Post.

K.12.b.31.22.             —          ROSSIGNOL WOOD           –     do             do

K.12.d.32.02.             —          Dugout in Support Line      – Battalion H.Q.

K.6.c.25.70.               —          Trench N. of ALTER

GARDE STELLUNG           –   do

K.4.b.6.4.                   —          GOMMECOURT.                  –    do

K.4.b.35.92.               —                 do                                    –    do

 

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WIRELESS INSTALATION AND TELEPHONE EXCHANGE:-

ACHIET-le-GRAND (G.10.a.6.1.) E. of Cross Roads.

DIERVILLE FARM (just N. of F.28.a.8.8.)

GOMMECOURT   (K.4.b.3.3.) Artillery Telephone Exchange.

 

CORPS SIGNAL EXCHANGES:-

MIRAUMONT.

GREVILLERS.

 

*=*=*=*=*=*=*

DUMPS

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ACHIET-LE-GRAND.                                                          Railhead.

Large ammunition dump at Station, both sides of railway.

Ammunition dump at G.4.c.58.40. W. side of bridge.

Ammunition dump at G.10.c.22.60., in dugouts West embankment.

Supply and Pioneer dumps on both sides of railway in G.10.a.

 

ACHIET-LE-PETIT.

G.13.d.9.5. N. side of railway.

G.13.d.6.8. approx ammunition dump.

 

AVESNES-les-BAPAUME.

Ammunition dump at crossing, H.26.d.5.3.

H.26.b.55.05. W. of village.

 

BAPAUME.

H.21.d.8.3. and 9** E. side of branch line.

Ammunition dump at ST. AUBIN, H.28.a.

 

BEAUCOURT-sur-ANCRE.

Dumps at R.1.b.5.0. and along valley at L.31.c.0.3.

 

BIHUCOURT.

G.17.b.2.1. in Sugar Factory, Ammunition Dump.

 

BUCQUOY.

Pioneer Park at F.28.a.3.1.

Dumps of material at L.3.d.0.3. and N. of Railway junction at L.9.c.2.8.

Dump at L.9.b.7.8.

 

COURCELLES-le-COMTE.                                                           Railhead.

Ammunition dump East end of village.

Pioneer dump near Railway at A.16.d.4.9.

 

ERVILLERS-BEHAGNIES ROAD.

Dump on side of road in B.26.a.

 

FORK WOOD.

Dump in L.8.d. central, near road.

Supply dump at L.8.d.2.9.

 

GOMIECOURT.                                                                    Central Ration Depot.

 

Dumps al level crossing G.6.b.10.95. and on railway at B.25.c.2.6.

 

GOMMECOURT WOOD.

Ammunition dump at E.28.d.55.50

Pioneer dump at E.28.d.9.9.

 

GRANDCOURT.

Timber dump at R.8.d.5.4.

Timber and wire along railway at R.9.b.7.5.

S.A.A. dump in dug-out at R.9.b.63.28.

 

IRLES.

Ration dumps at G.32.c.1.9. and near Church.

Grenade dump at G.26.c.6.1. S. of Cemetery.

Dumps at G.26.c.20.65. and at G.32.a.4.6.

Central depot for frames and timber at G.26.c.20.65. and G.32.a.4.6.

 

LOGEAST WOOD.

Large munition dump along S. edge of Wood (G.1.b.62. G.2.a.10).

 

LA LOUVIERE FARM.

Ammunition dump in dugouts near road junction K.18.d.38.85.

Pioneer dump at K.18.d.4.8.

 

MIRAUMONT.

Large ammunition dump in brickfields, L.35.a.

Pioneer, supply and grenade dumps near sidings at L.35.b.2.1.

Supply dumps at L.35.c.4.6. and in yard of large farm at L.35.c.4.1.

Ration dump in chalk quarry L.35.d.1.8.

Large dumps at L.30.a.5.3., Goods Stations.

Dumps at L.30.c.4.0., S of Goods Station, and in dug-outs in bank at

R.5.d.52.34.

MORY (N.E.).

Dumps by the railway sidings.  Supply depot for 2 Divisions.

 

PUISIEUX.

Ammunition dumps at L.20.a.4.6., W. side of road and at L.26.a.7.2.

Pioneer dumps at L.21.d.9.0. and L.15.c.3.3. in loop of tramway.

Dumps at L.14.d.4.3. and W. side of tramway at L.15.d.1.9.

 

ROSSIGNOL WOOD.

Ammunition dump in S. corner at K.12.d.45.90. and in dugouts about

K.12.b.2.7.

Pioneer dumps at K.12.b.1.8. and K.12.b.7.2.

 

SERRE.

Dump of wire and timber at L.25.b.5.3.

Dump at L.25.a.3.7.

 

SQUARE WOOD.

Ammunition and Pioneer dumps in K.6.b.

 

STAR WOOD.

Dumps at K.24.b.2.9., in N. of wood, and at K.18.d.5.1. N.E. of wood.

 

VAULX-VRAUCOURT.

Ration dump in farm buildings at I.1.b.6.6.

 

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ROUTES AND APPROACHES

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The following routes and approaches have been more or less confirmed by recent photographs and prisoners statements:-

 

  1. FROM BUCQUOY TO AREA N.E. OF PUISIEUX:-
  1. Track, leaving road from BUCQUOY at F.26.d.10.25. to N. corner of BIEZ WOOD following N. edge of Wood, leaving N.W. corner and meeting light railway at about K.6.b.20.95. which it follows to K.4.b.80.25.
  2. Road, from L.3.a.8.4., BUCQUOY, to S. corner of BIEZ WOOD, cutting across N corner of SQUARE WOOD. Then by tracks and trenches beside the dividing line between K.6.a. and c., and thence alongside road through K.5.b. and a., cutting off about K.5.a.65.35. to K.4.b.95.10.
  3. Same as (2) up to L.1.d.2.5. where road branches off, passing N. corner of ROSSIGNOL WOOD. Tracks lead off this road to the WOOD and BERG GRABEN.
  4. Road running through L.8. and 14 to L.14.a.65.10., thence by track to L.14.c.1.9. and then alongside railway past S. edge of BOX WOOD to K.18.d.95.40. whence tracks run to LA LOUVIERE FARM and ROSSIGNOL WOOD.
  1. FROM ACHIET-le-PETIT TO SERRE.
  1. By road to PUISIEUX, through PUISIEUX by MARKET STREET, down SERRE ROAD to L.25.a.3.9. then:
  1. Through SERRE village to K.30. central, and into communication trenches which cross SERRE trench, (L.30.a. and c.: TUEBINGER STELLUNG) or
  2. Down lane S.E. of SERRE past L.25.a.45.65. to K.30.d.25.10., where PENDANT ALLEY WEST (LANGER GRABEN) is entered, or
  3. Down SERRE ROAD to L.25.a.0.7., then through communication trench past K.30.b.6.8. and K.30.a.3.7.
  1. By road, through PUISIEUX into PUISIEUX VALLEY ROAD, into PUISIEUX Trench and C.T’s running off Westwards.
  2. By tracks, leaving ACHIET-le-PETIT – PUISIEUX ROAD at about L.16.c.7.0., crossing through L.21.b. and c., following close to road and converging at L.20.c.8.2. leading into PUISIEUX VALLEY ROAD. Thence, by tracks, running through L.25.d. and c. converging just S. of cross-roads in K.36.a.
  1. FROM ACHIET-le-PETIT TO TRENCHES N. OF BEAUCOURT.
  1. Leaving ACHIET-le-PETIT – PUSIEUX Road at
  1. About L.16.c.7.0. by track to railway junction in L.22.c.
  2. About L.18.c.2.8. and meeting railway at L.23.a.25.25. and then to railway junction in L.22.c.
  3. From L.22.c. route diverges:-
  1. By railway, running through L.27.b. and a., L.26.b., into PUISIEUX VALLEY ROAD, into PUSH ALLEY, TEN TREE ALLEY and GLORY LANE.
  2. By track, through L.27.a. and c. to PUISIEUX ALLEY and PUISIEUX Trench.
  1. FROM ACHIET-le-PETIT to MIRAUMONT.
  1. By road through G.19 to GOODS STATION, than along railway.R.3.b.4.5. – R.3.a.2.5. – R.2.b.9.8.L.33.c.7.2. – L.33.c.1.7. – L.32.d.7.6.  ***************************************** K.30.c.65.13.             (S. of SERRE).K.30.b.45.40.             (House in SERRE).K.4.d.85.75.               (S. of GOMMECOURT).L.32.a.9.2.                 (PUISIEUX TRENCH).L.28.c.central            (     do                     do         ) O.P. on ridge.L.24.b.95.80.            (E of STAR WOOD).L.14.c.2.2.                  (Red house in PUISIEUX).  R.2.b.90.15.               (Behind PUISIEUX Trench) – Conspicuous artificial mound, slit  SUSPECTED.K.30.a.6.2.                 (W of SERRE).K.30.c.2.9.                 (covered with chalk).K.12.d.65.05.             (FARM Trench, S. of SUNKEN ROAD).K.11.b.3.6.                 (S.E. of NAMELESS FARM).K.5.c.25.33.               (Junction of LEHMANN GRABEN with 3rd Line).K.4.d.2.5.                   (Front line, W of SUD GRABEN).                                     TRENCH).L.14.a.3.0.                  (PUISIEUX). R.2.d.8.5.                   (S. end of RIVER Trench).*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*BILLETS AND DUGOUTS*****************************************PUISIEUX:                Dugouts and cellars.Dugouts, 2½ Kilos S. of village. Road.LOGEAST WOOD:   Chiefly in S.E. corner.                                    areas.?COURCELLES-le-COMTE: Dugouts, 8 or more, each connected, and each holding GOMIECOURT:        In Church (?)IRLES:                       Dugouts and cellars.BEHAGNIES:           Houses and barns.ERVILLERS:   K.12.b.27.60 – ROSSIGNOL WOOD.K.18.b.35 or 39- Permanent.(K.24.b.15.95 – near STAR WOOD.ACHIET-le-PETIT, brought up once in every 24 hours, either day or night into main street about G.13.b.84  ************************************R.1.a.5.5.                                                                                           R.1.d.2½.3.R.1.d.½.5.                                                                                          R.1.d.7.4.R.1.d.2.5.                                                                                           L.20.a.1.4.R.2.b.20.15.                                                                                       L.32.a.89.38.Q.6.a.50.60                                                                                        K.35.a.4.1.Q.6.c.6.5.                                                                                           K.35.a.8.7.L.20.a.0.2.                                                                                          K.30.c.2.9.K.35.a.8.7.                                                                                         K.29.b.4.1.K.35.c.92.75.                                                                                     K.29.b.62.89.K.30.c.75.50.                                                                                     K.23.b.7.0.K.29.b.4.6.                                                                                         K.4.d.2.5. (O.P.?).K.29.b.7.1.K.29.d.1.3.K.24.c.45.15.K.24.c.75.90.K.23.d.7.9.K.4.a.22.49.K.4.c.79.47.K.4.d.05.50.  ————————————————–K.35.a.8.3.                             K.35.c.30.10.                                     K.35.c.8.3.K.30.a.10.85.                         K.30.a.2.2.                                         K.29.b.75.25.K.29.d.2.3.                             K.23.b.8.3.                                         K.23.b.9.2.K.17.d.35.10.                         K.11.a.25.75.                                     K.11.d.80.30.K.4.a.9.3.                               K.4.b.03.38.                                       K.4.b.10.03.R.1.d.5.5.SUSPECTED.K.30.b.2.9.                             K.29.d.39.45.                                     K.29.d.41.31.  ————————K.35.d.0.7.                             K.29.d.4.5.                                         K.35.c.6.8.*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*************************
  2. GENERAL
  3. K.36.c.1.2.                             K.35.c.8.8.
  4. SNIPER POSTS.
  5. *=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*
  6. K.29.d.3.8.
  7. K.4.b.08.08.                           K.4.b.1.1.                                           K.4.b.05.18.
  8. K.4.a.68.45.                           K.4.a.7.5.                                           K.4.a.99.31.
  9. K.24.a.0.1.                             K.24.a.1.0.                                         K.17.d.2.1.
  10. K.29.d.4.4.                             K.29.d.6.1.                                         K.29.d.6.2.
  11. K.35.c.35.30.                         K.30.a.00.75.                                     K.30.a.45.03.
  12. CONFIRMED.
  13. HOSTILE TRENCH MORTARS
  14. *=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*
  15. K.4.d.3.4.
  16. K.4.c.85.45.
  17. K.4.c.32.88.
  18. K.4.a.43.95.
  19. K.24.c.8.6.
  20. K.24.c.6.4.
  21. K.24.a.5.3.
  22. K.29.b.40.55.
  23. K.29.b.5.7.                                                                                         K.4.d.68.22.
  24. K.29.b.2.1.                                                                                         K.23.d.8.7.
  25. K.30.c.2.1.                                                                                         K.29.b.8.9.
  26. K.35.c.8.8.                                                                                         K.29.b.53.69.
  27. K.36.c.0.1. (in front of front line)                                                    K.29.b.47.13.
  28. Q.6.c.63.34.                                                                                       K.35.a.7.3.
  29. Q.6.a.60.40.                                                                                       K.35.a.6.5.
  30. R.2.d.4.2.                                                                                           L.32.a.90.45.
  31. R.1.d.4.7.                                                                                           L.22.a.9.3.
  32. R.1.d.0.4. (2 guns and very strong point).                                   Q.6.c.50.30.
  33. R.1.c.3.1.                                                                                           R.1.d.3.5.
  34. CONFIRMED.                                                                                   SUSPECTED.
  35. HOSTILE MACHINE GUNS.
  36. *=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*
  37. R.5.c.44 – Crucifix in MIRAUMONT.
  38. 200 yards W. of road in L.13.a. (Drives up every night and goes away again at once).
  39. (K.18.d.5.1. – STAR ALLEY, or
  40. K.12.c.9.2. – In SUNKEN ROAD.
  41. E.28.d.84.80 – GOMMECOURT WOOD.
  42. FIELD KITCHENS.
  43. *=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*
  44. EPINOY.
  45. SAPIGNIES:             3 Regiments and 2 F.A. regiments.
  46. PYS:                           Cellars and dugouts.
  47. MIRAUMONT:           Cellars and dug-outs, (N. end only).
  48.                                     30 – 40 men (A.10.c.5.0).
  49. ABLAINZEVILLE:    Houses and barns.
  50. BIHUCOURT:           rest billets (for 1day) for troops moving up to line from back
  51. BUCQUOY:               Cellars and dugouts (L.3.b.2½.2½.).
  52. ACHIET-le-GRAND: Also in hut barracks W. of Station and N. of ABLAINZEVILLE
  53. ACHIET-le-PETIT:    Dugouts and cellars (G.13.b.65 and G.13.d.97)
  54. SERRE:                     Dugouts and cellars.
  55. R.2.b.9.2.                   (Ridge W. of BAILLESCOURT FARM).
  56. L.7.c.4.1.                    (S.E. ROSSIGNOL WOOD)
  57. L.20.a.30.95              (PUISIEUX).
  58. L.26.c.25.25.             (series of O.P’s) (Junction of PUSH ALLEY with PUISIEUX
  59. K.4.d.68.22.               (Front line, W of LEHMANN GRABEN).
  60. K.5.b.29.05.               (behind GOMMECOURT).
  61. K.5.c.50.05.               (Junction of BECKER GRABEN with 3rd line).
  62. K.11.b.3.0.                 (Slit in Bank).
  63. K.18.c.90.35.             (STAR WOOD).
  64. K.30.b.30.35.             (SERRE).
  65. K.35.b.8.2.                 (SERRE TRENCH).
  66. ——————————————-
  67.                                     visible.
  68. R.3.a.2.5.                   (Ridge N.E. of BAILLESCOURT FARM).
  69. Q.6.a.43.70.               (MUNICH Trench).
  70. L.13.b.7.8.                  (N. of PUISIEUX).
  71. L.19.d.20.36.             (Camouflaged tree on SERRE Road, about 15 ft. high).
  72. L.25.a.30.85.             (junction of roads).
  73. L.28.c.95.00.             (BEAUREGARD DOVECOTE) Platform in most Southerly tree.)
  74. K.18.c.35.50.             (W. of LA LOUVIERE FARM) Battalion O.P.
  75. K.24.c.8.6.                 (WALTER TRENCH) – Battalion O.P.
  76. K.30.d.18.06             (S. of SERRE).
  77. K.35.d.1.7.                 (Mound near SERRE Trench).
  78. CONFIRMED.
  79. OBSERVATION POSTS.
  80. *=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*
  81. L.33.b.1.3. – L.32.b.5.0.
  82. L.34.c.9.1. – L.33.c.7.2. – R.2.b.9.8.
  83. The following tracks are in area W. of MIRAUMONT
  1. LISTENING SETS.
  2. At a dugout in GOMMECOURT E.28.d.8.8.
  3. QUARRIES.
  1. In W. corner of BEITZ WOOD at K.6.b.63.72. there are several very deep quarries.
  2. Four large quarries at PUISIEUX used by the enemy:-
  1. VAQUETTE QUARRY L.20c..63
  2. DESSENNE QUARRY (L.20.c.65.63.)
  3. Quarries of the Rue de la Chappelle (L.20.a.52.42.)
  4. Quarries of the lime maker hauel (L.20.a.2.9.)
  1. TANK TRAPS.
  1. K.11.a.60.23. (HEBUTERNE – CRUCIFIX Road) (photo: 5 AE 327)
  2. K.11.b.95.25. (The CRUCIFIX) (photo: 5 AE 324)
  3. K.17.b.41.92 (SUNKEN ROAD) (Photo 5 AE 190)
  4. K.17.b.32.52. (HEBUTERNE – LA LOUVIERRE FARM) (Photo 5 AE 190)
  5. K.18.a.65.10 and 82.01 (HEBUTERNE – LA LOUVIERRIE FARM)
  6. (Photo 5 AE 149)
  7. K.13.a.55.65 (SUNKEN ROAD, N. of BOX WOOD)
  8. K.29.d.41.07 ( ***** from SERRE)
  1. WATER SUPPLY.Well in STAR WOODThe Sugar Factory at G.17 (BIHUCOURT) was used by 52nd Division as a mineral water factory.*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*
  2. PUISIEUX: has good supply; SERRE: not good. Mineral waters are much used.
  3. About K.4.b.69.07, K.18..20.85.
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