Saturday, November 10, 2007

World War 1

The old front lines.....the stone in front says...."The Devonshires held this line, they hold it still". The mass graves (identifiable by the crowded together headstones) that you see in the picture below were the actual trenches the men fought and died in.

General Directions:
Mametz is a village in the Department of the Somme, 6.5 kilometres east of Albert. Devonshire Cemetery is 800 metres south of Mametz and is situated on high ground some 450 metres west of the road from Albert to Peronne (D938), 6.5 kilometres from Albert.

Mametz was within the German lines until 1 July 1916 when it was captured by the 7th Division, and Mametz Wood, north-east of the village, was cleared on the days following 7 July. The 8th and 9th Battalions of the Devonshire Regiments, forming parts of the 7th Division, attacked on 1 July 1916 from a point on the south-west side of Albert-Maricourt road, due south of Mametz village, by a plantation called Mansel Copse. It was there, on 4 July, that they buried their dead in a section of their old front line trench. All but two of the burials belong to these battalions.
Casualty Details: UK 163, Total Burials: 163

4 comments:

Derbecker said...

Re; my post...didn't think she was consciously playing a game, to be fair. But that doesn't mean that I wasn't feeling a bit on the played side. It didn't end well. But hey...life goes on, youth wasted on the young and all...

STAG said...

The oddest things about game playing is that we are seldom aware that they are being played either by us or by the people we interact with.

Derbecker said...

Your piece isn't a rant, by the way...the problem with memorials is that its easy to be selective with what you wish to remember. Done properly, a memorial states these facts: what happened, when, why, who paid the price. We fill in the rest ourselves.

justagirl said...

Wow.