March To The Front

Below is a larger map of the Corbie area.

Note: This is an interactive Google Map. By utilising the zoom-in function ( + button located in top left corner of map), you will obtain a closer view of the map, with location markers distrubuted and individually visible.

The canal at Corbie. Much in the way of supplies came through here.
However, there were a lot of men who would soon be left here permanently… Lt Roseby of HQ Staff, 1 SAIB.
And Lt CLH Mulcahy of 2nd Regt, B Coy.  DOW on 9 July, after being hit by shrapnel in Bernafay wood…
Maj La Touche – Congreve VC .  His father, Lt Gen W N Congreve was head of XIII Corps, and was awarded a VC at the battle of Colenso in the Boer war.
Shown below is a Google map covering the area between Corbie on the Somme river, and Talus Boise, just outside the hamlet of Carnoy. The route that 2nd Regt followed is shown by the red line. A lot of this movement was dictated by transport availability windows in the area which was extremely congested.
Below is a larger map of the Corbie/ Talus Boise area.

Note: This is an interactive Google Map. By utilising the zoom-in function ( + button located in top left corner of map), you will obtain a closer view of the map, with location markers distrubuted and individually visible.

The adjoining French sector at Suzanne.
The Somme at the junction of the British and French sectors…
Inevitably, a cemetery nearby.  Grove Town was a supply dump where 2nd regiment bivouacked after leaving Corbie, and marching north east over the Mourlancourt ridge. There was no “ town “ as such.
About a km  toward Bray, looking back toward Grove Town, on the road to Bray travelled by 2nd Regt. This was all rear area but was within reach of German artillery.
Looking forward, from the same position, the road to Bray. The land is deceptively hilly in this region. The regiment did not enter Bray proper, just entered through the northernmost outskirts and then headed northeast.
Passed through the northern outskirts of Bray.  Same road as 2nd Regt.  On the way to Bronfay farm, view Looking back at the village of Bray. The river is just behind the ridge in the background.
Billon Wood from the east.  A Bivouac place for units, before passing the checkpoint at Bronfay farm a few hundred metres behind and to the right of this view of Billon Wood. The road from Bray past Bronfay farm lies behind Billon Wood from this position.
Trigger wood from Bronfay farm ,  This view is on the Bray to Bronfay Farm road once more, as walked by 2 Regiment. The Regiment bivouacked here on 3 July.
Bronfay farm 2016.  And yet,  another cemetery. There are over 700 in the entire Somme area.
A few km`s beyond Bronfay farm. The road leading to Maricourt ridge, and the village of Carnoy.  Looking toward Carnoy.  Another long march for 2nd Regt.
Arrived ! – or almost. Maricourt ridge.  Carnoy is immediately to the left, about 500m down the slope.
The southern outskirts of Carnoy. A few trees can be seen here, the remnants of a copse known as Caftet Wood, within which was a famous dressing known as “Minden Post” There was a lot of British artillery in this area in July 1916. The front line on 1 July was near here.
A few hundred meters north-east of Carnoy – Talus Boise. The village lies to the left of this view. 2nd Regt camped here after the long march from Corbie/Grove Town/Bray The front line was less than 2 km`s away ( behind this photo ) at that time ( 4 July 1916).