The 17th Battalion took over defences in the Maricourt area on 12th January 1916 and remained in the area until June that year. This is a largely unexplored area of the Somme region – as the French took over positions for the Somme advance. If you have less enthusiastic family & friends with you, give them a break and take in the beauty of the Picardy countryside.
See link for images near the hamlet of Vaux and the surrounding positions.
The Manchesters interest is here.