Historians from Oxford Preparatory School have recently published a letter from Captain Leslie Grundy of the Machine Gun Corps during the assault and defence on the First Day of the Somme. He confirmed the position of a row of artillery guns in front of Oxford Copse on the evening before the Big Push.
More importantly we learn that the detachment of 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment retired from Triangle Point at 7am – holding out for three and a half hours. It also seems the lives of these men was saved by the 90th Machine Gun Company, who covered their withdrawal to a shell hole from the German Infantry counter-attack.
The draft post became too extensive and a little off topic, so here’s a more detailed account in the Battlefield Sleuth Series. Machine Gun Corps at Montauban
Here’s Skipper’s report – Whilst we have learnt much from the newspapers about the ‘Big Push’ on the Somme, it is not the same as hearing from someone in the thick of things. Capt. Leslie Grundy (late of York &a…