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.
View from the position of Triangle Point facing north down Caterpillar Valley and the road to Bazentin Le Grand. The children are approaching from the same direction as the German counter attack at 3am on 2nd July 1916.
Triangle Point proved to be the furthest point of advance for the British 4th Army on 1st July 1916. The German counter-attack on the 2nd resulted in the advanced detachment of 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment withdrawing, after running out of their supply of bombs. The German force was subsequently pushed back. For a review of the defenders see https://17thmanchesters.wordpress.com/the-big-push/
Private Allan Arthur Bell, 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment
In 1974 Arthur Bell wrote notes of his experience in the 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Arthur was also subsequently interviewed by Martin Middlebrook on BBC Radio 4 where he recounted further experiences in the First World War It’s fitting to follow Arthur’s original introduction of his damaged helmet:-
“It had a leather frame inside, and was issued to all of us some weeks before the big advance on 1st July, 1916. A few days after the initial advance I took my helmet to the Company QMS for renewal as it had a hole in it made by a bullet, which had caused it to roll up like the petal of a flower. “Yer wanna be more careful” said newly promoted ex-Sergt. McM [McMenemy]. Anyhow, he gave me a new hat.