Inspired by interviews and notes by a member of the 2nd City Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, this site portrays the particular group of volunteer soldiers, from enlistment to their service in the Battle of the Somme. In memory of the contributor of the journal, Private Allan Arthur Bell 8055 and the Pals that served with him. Copyright Bell Family. All rights reserved. Please see acknowledgments and feel free to comment in the Guest Book or individual Posts.
Guillemont Gallery 29-31st July 1916
Courtesy Book of Honour
Ralph Miller’s inscription on Thiepval Memorial. KiA 29th July 1916
Courtesy Book of Honour
Guillemont Defences late July 1916
Lt Ralph Miller Courtesy Sue Butcher
View from the former German strong point at Guillemont Quarry. The clear field of fire from the Montauban Road to the north of Trones Wood shows its strategic importance.
Guillemont Road Cemetery
View of Guillemont from Trones Wood
View of Trones Wood from the former German strong point at Guillemont quarry
Sgt and A/CSM Joseph McMenemy KiA 30/7/17
Cavalry passing through ruins of Guillemont 12.10.16 IWM Q60620
Soldiers coming out of the trenches at Guillemont. (Probably later than July 1916) IWM Q58340
Ruins of Guillemont railway station, September 1916. This was the main German strong point to the north west of the village. IWM Q1170
Guillemont – Montauban Road. The 2nd RSF and then 17th Manchesters advanced to Guillemont astride this road on 30th July 1916. Courtesy AWM Archive
British bombardment near Trones Wood Aug. 1916. IWM Q1171. The image appears to show the observer looking west past Trones towards shelling of Guillemont.
View of Guillemont from advanced assembly trenches in front of Trones Wood. Guillemont Road Cemetery is in the middle ground and the former station strong point was in the position of the grain silo to the left (north) of the image
Guillemont Road Cemetery viewed from Trones Wood
View of Guillemont from southern section of Trones Wood as approached by 18th Bttn on 30.7.16
Delville Wood Memorial – Longueval
View from Position of former Guillemont station with clear field of fire towards line of advancing British troops
Guillemont Road Cemetery with Trones Wood in the background
Private John Lewis wearing the ‘Tram Guards’ uniform provided by the City and replaces in early 1915 by khaki. Courtesy Helen Wolfenden