Trones Wood then and now

Trones Wood was an initial success for British Forces;

and subsequent crushing defeat due to the onslaught of German artillery.  Here are some photos before, during and after the 9th July 1916 assault by the 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment.


5 thoughts on “Trones Wood then and now

  1. David Carr

    Hi ,it looks like the 17th were in the thick of the Trones Wood ,my grandfarther John Carr had wrote the name Trones Wood and many other place names in the front of his little bible he joined the Manchester regiment aged 17 in 1914, he was with the 19th, D company.

    1. 8055bell Post author

      Hi Dave,
      It’s good to hear from you. To hear more about the 19th Bttn. action at Trones, please read
      The Manchesters forum is also great. If you want a photo of John’s Platoon, let me know. I’d be interested to know what other info. you may have on him. MIC, Records etc? I’m happy to look up some bits & bobs, so long as I don’t duplicate what you already have.
      The Bible sounds like a great family treasure. I imagine “Montauban” is also written inside.



      1. David Carr

        Hi Tim many thanks for the info , the names are Somme,Montauban,Trones Wood,Guillemont,Givenchy,1917Arriars,Ypres,1918 M/C Hill Flanders then in French Cest la guerre Fini .He was a lucky lad how any one survived all that .His brother Bill was wounded at the somme then sent over to Ireland .Not sure what regiment he was in . Thanks again Dave Carr Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 22:07:14 +0000 To:

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