La Boiselle 34th Division

La Bosielle 34th Division

Northumberland Fusilier objectives...Other photos show 34th Division Troops advancing on 1st July...

The 34th Division (New Army) was to attack along the Albert–Bapaume road, aided by the blowing of Lochnager mine and Y Sap mine either side of La Boisselle. The mine at Y Sap north of the village caused no casualties as the Germans evacuated the area in time but the springing of the Lochnagar mine, south of the village, temporarily trapped German troops in shelters nearby and the position was lost. Parties of the Grimsby Chums got into the Lochnagar mine crater before being pinned down by German small-arms fire. The Tyneside Scottish Brigade was to attack up Mash Valley and against La Boisselle at the Glory Hole and the Tyneside Irish were in reserve, ready to advance and capture the second objective from Contalmaison to Pozières.

At zero hour, the Tyneside Scottish Brigade started its advance from the Tara–Usna Line (a British reserve position behind the front line) to cross 1 mile of open ground before they reached no man's land. Despite machine-gun fire, a party of around 50 men survived to advance up Sausage Valley, south of La Boisselle, almost to the edge of Contalmaison. The survivors were captured after making the furthest British advance of the day, about 4,000 yds. The positions of Reserve Infantry Regiment 110 had been severely damaged in the bombardment, but the regiment was forewarned of the British attack by a Moritz device, which eavesdropped on British telephone signals and allowed the Germans to withdraw before the Y Sap mine exploded. The 34th Division suffered the worst casualties of the day, losing 6,380 men.

20th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Tyneside Scottish)
21st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (2nd Tyneside Scottish)
22nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (3rd Tyneside Scottish)
23rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Scottish)
18th (Service) Battalion (1st Tyneside Pioneers)

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