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Munster Alley, Pozieres


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#1 clarke

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:36 AM

Just wondering if anyone has a photo of Munster Alley location as it looks today. Also, can anyone inform me on how this trench got its name?

Thanks in advance Clarke

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:25 PM

Hi Clarke,

Not sure how Munster Alley got it's name, but please find attached a photo of it's site taken in April 2010.

O.G.2. trench ran from just to the left of the mast (which stands just in front of the site of Pozieres Mill) and came towards the camera (or vice versa). Munster Alley ran off to the right more or less along the line of where the corn in the foreground of the photo changes to bare earth.

Hope this helps.

Mark

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  • Nr Pozieres - Looking towards the site of O.G.2. and Munster Alley trenches..JPG


#3 clarke

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:41 AM

Thanks for that Mark,

A great photo. It helps to give a better understanding of these events when one sees a visual of the area in which these horrible events took place. I am currently researching a group of postcards and the two brothers of the AIF, 2nd BN & 5th BN who sent them. They had both served on Gallipoli. The brother from the 5th Bn disappeared here on the 18th August 1916 during a heavy German bombardment of the positions held by his Battalion. His Bn diary states that 2 companies were in trenches between Bapaume Road & Munster Alley & the other two companies in reserve in Sunken Road.

As with so many families during this time this soldier's family suffered greatly. Three cousins, 2 in the 55th Bn & one in the 20th Bn all where killed/ disappeared in 1917. Not one of the four men mention has a known grave. The brother in the 2nd Bn who had already been wounded at Lone Pine, Gallipoli was wounded a second time at Flers in late 1916 & returned to Australian in early 1917.

Hoping that in the future I'll be able to visit this location. It will be a very moving visit.


Thanks again Clarke