Mystery Illustration: Can you help?

The event illustrated in the dramatic image below is believed have taken place in September 1917.

Although the Somerset Light Infantry were positioned and involved in attacks in the Langemarck area during August and September,  the Regimental History provides no specific information to prove that this particular event actually occurred.

The Somerset Light Infantry capturing a block-house near Langemarck

The Somerset Light Infantry capturing a block-house near Langemarck

If anyone knows any more about this please leave a comment or email: somersetremembers@somerset.gov.uk

 

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One thought on “Mystery Illustration: Can you help?

  1. The book ‘Scrap Book of the 7th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry’ contains accounts of various battles during the First World War written by officers that were on the scene. This includes the battle of Langemarck. Whilst the image is at first believed to be of an event in September, it has come to our attention via one of our military museum volunteers that the event took place in August. The block house in question is the ‘notorious Au Bon Gite’ which had evaded capture by the British for sometime and resulted in difficulty securing the Steenbeek crossings. The written accounts of the event are just as dramatic as the image itself. The actions of Capt Goode of B Company in particular resulted in him being a awarded an M.C.

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