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141 Days: The Battle of the Somme

Bazentin Le Petit

30th July was a historic day of fighting for the 7th Battalion, having to capture a communication trench. The artillery bombardment started at 6.09 pm and the soldiers moved forward one minute later, to take their position. Success may have been due to the speedy follow up to the bombardment. The enemy had no time to get his machine guns on the parapets. The battalion continued to consolidate its position.

The battalion war diary records A feature of this operation was the telephone communications which were established and maintained with the front line. Battalion Headquarters was practically never out of touch with the front line.

Despite the great success of the telephone, there was a break in the wire just as an important message needed to be sent. Private James Miller was detailed with the task and, although fatally wounded, he returned with a reply. He died at the feet of the officer. Private Miller was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
 

Next: Private James Miller VC

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