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#976 Michelle Young

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 01:09 PM

I reckon that you are talking about the 7th Suffolks on 13th October attacking the Quarries? The quote being from Charles Hamilton Sorley, KIA on that day and remembered on Dud Corner. One of the finest poets of the Great War.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:31 PM

Spot on with The Hulluch Quarries! Was that too easy?

On the 13th October 1915 1st & 46th (North Midland) Divisions, in particular, suffered apalling casualties for very little (if any) gain; of 12th (Eastern) Division 6th Battalion The Buffs certainly suffered the most, losing over 400 of their number in a matter of minutes. The 7th Norfolks and 7th Suffolks attacked and held The Quarries, but could get no further than this. As you correctly noted, Charles Hamilton Sorley was one of the 8 officers of the Suffolk Regiment who lost his life on this day. All 50 men of the 7th Suffolks who were killed in action on the 13th October are remembered on the Loos Memorial.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:43 PM

I'll let someone else have a go!

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:58 PM

I'll let someone else have a go!

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I think I'll sit this one out - I need to rest my few remaining grey cells! :D

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

This may be too obscure:

In France, In August 1916, a pidgeon came to a Baldrickian end with a cat and a cabbage. Where?

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:24 PM

The only thing that springs to mind is Boom Ravine........... :blink: Over to the more learned

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:06 PM

Actually geographically remarkably close to the place I had in mind - do you want to be more specific (or explain)?

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:16 PM

I was thinking of Baldricks poem Boom Boom Boom! Also Trevor Pigeon wrote the Battleground Europe book about Boom Ravine. But Cat and Cabbage is Hampshire Regiment or Y&L?

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:26 PM

Not Plan F - nor Hampshires

Possibly more accurately Blackaddian - but that does not have the same ring as Baldrickian!

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 05:42 PM

I think I will have to give this one up - rather than go through iterations of further clues - as I am likely to be offline for a while.

A pigeon which was observed to come from the enemy line was shot down with rifle fire. The pigeon was not carrying any message, but had a ring round its leg and this identification suggests that this was undoubtedly an enemy pigeon.

At the time they were "in the field" near Neuve Chapelle.

Michelle was very near (Neuve Chapelle is just a few kilometres from Boom Ravine), so I think she should take the turn.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 04:28 PM

I note that Michelle has not taken up the baton so may I, begging her indulgence, offer an appropriate 'where am I?' -

I'm standing in a place where as a bloke I really shouldn't be but I heard there was football. it is surprisingly quiet as maybe the predecessors of my grandfathers battery amongst others are enjoying a short period of peace. Its the night on which instead of those guns 'the angels sing' but the actions of everyone around me are frowned upon.

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I think I will have to give this one up - rather than go through iterations of further clues - as I am likely to be offline for a while.


At the time they were "in the field" near Neuve Chapelle.

Michelle was very near (Neuve Chapelle is just a few kilometres from Boom Ravine), so I think she should take the turn.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 04:37 PM

in no mans land near plugstreet looking to play international football christmas 1914 perhaps.john

Edited by munster, 24 December 2011 - 05:15 PM.


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Posted 24 December 2011 - 09:49 PM

Nice one seany - glad to see this thread hasn't become moribund!

I'm guessing munster is in or close to the ball park with Ploegsteert, otherwise I'm stumped so far.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 08:22 AM

Suddenly, it came to me....No Mans Land, somewhere aalong the Western Front, wherever your grandfathers battery were.

My Gt Grandfather was in Fleurbaix area, 1914, with the 1/8th Royal Scots.

Don't know if he took part in any truce celebrations, would be good to think he did though.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 08:45 AM

Congratulations one and all - I was somewhere, anywhere, in no mans land celebrating the Christmas truce of 1915.

In terms of the football I am reminded of Uncle Mort's book of the north - Uncle Mort remembers that day well 'we climbed warily from our trenches and looked at the enemy, small, dark strange men who spoke a language we could not understand later we played them at football' his nephew asks 'who won?'

'we drew - England 1 - Scotland 1'

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Suddenly, it came to me....No Mans Land, somewhere aalong the Western Front, wherever your grandfathers battery were.

My Gt Grandfather was in Fleurbaix area, 1914, with the 1/8th Royal Scots.

Don't know if he took part in any truce celebrations, would be good to think he did though.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 09:24 AM

I was somewhere, anywhere, in no mans land celebrating the Christmas truce of 1915.

Have you been at the Christmas dates already, Seany ...? :whistle:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 09:40 PM

I think Flintwich got closest?

I've got a headache................:unsure:

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Have you been at the Christmas dates already, Seany ...? :whistle:



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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:26 AM

Thank you, Seany.

Along the same lines,

At this location, some beer was exchanged for a Christmas pudding.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 09:13 AM

Mea Culpa! Sorry I forgot to take up the baton, life got in the way. Are we talking RWF at Houplines in the above?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:55 PM

Yes and No, Michelle.

Yes, the RWF were involved.

No, not at Houplines.
I was after the monument at Frehlinghein.

As you obviously know the story and were just down the road in your answer, well done

Over to you.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 06:01 PM

I'm stood in a village cemetery at a graveside. Theres an aroma of a fine dairy product in the air.(Some of you may disagree with me on this one!) A private grave was erected by an American lady.

Where am I and who am I visiting?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:00 PM

Do you need a clue?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:17 PM

Are Indians nearby?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:18 PM

Do you need a clue?

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Yes please Michelle. I think eating too many mince pies has had a soporific effect on my grey cells!

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:00 PM

Ooh, I remember a post on the forum about this private grave, a splendid sepulchure surrounded by a hedge, but I can't think of a keyword to search on. Would the fine dairy product be Brie de Meaux?