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First World War Trench Maps

In conjunction with G H Smith & Sons the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum has seven First World War trench maps reproduced in full colour at 7/10th original size.  Some include additional information and photographs of the people who used the maps.

Each is priced at 4.75 including postage.  See below on how to order.

Macedonia/Salonika - for 2nd and 9th Battalions of the King's Own.


Lake Dojran and Couronne are both in Macedonia where both the 2nd and 9th Battalion's of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment served between 1915 and 1919.  The last major offensive was in September 1918 and these maps cover the ground over which the 9th King's Own advanced.  Both maps come with a brief account of the regiment's involvement in the campaign.
Lake Dojran - 1:20,000 Map, July 1917
Couronne - 1:10,000 Map, August 1918

Western Front


Belgium Sheet 28 North West - from an original trench map donated to the museum by former Sergeant Richard Taylor in 1929.  Taylor had been a pre-war territorial soldier and was embodied for war service and mobilised in August 1914.  He, along with the rest of the 1st/5th Battalion, arrived in France on St. Valentine's Day, 14th February 1915.  Although it is known that Taylor was wounded at least once, on 28th April 1915 when the battalion was in action at Ypres Salient, he survived the war and was disembodied from military service on 16th March 1919 and returned home to the village of Halton, near Lancaster.
The 1:20,000 Scale Map shows the area from Poperinghe to Ypres with Vlamertinghe, Elverdinghe, Boesinghe, St. Julien and Zillebeke included.  The map is dated 9th September 1916.

Givenchy Section - a duplicated hand-drawn sketch map showing the craters around Givenchy, the scene of bitter fighting involving the 55th West Lancashire Division in April 1918.  Additional information is written on the map which was used by the 1st/4th Battalion of the King's Own.  Positions such as 'Orchard Keep' are clearly marked, this was where, on 9th April 1918, 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Henry Collin won a posthumous Victoria Cross when he attacked enemy positions with revolver, Mills grenade and eventually by Lewis machine gun. 
The map is dated 9th June 1918 and is 1:5,000 scale.


Neuville, Vitasse & Bullecourt - copied from the original map used by Lieutenant Richard Leslie Brown GC, in September 1918 when he was a company commander in the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.  Includes details of Brown's citation for the Albert Medal.
The map is 1:20,000 and the trenches are correct to July 1918.

Illies, Vilaines, Festubert (1915) This trench map was donated to the museum by Lieutenant Colonel Walter F A Wadham, who commanded the 1st/4th King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment from the battalion's mobilisation on 3rd August 1914 to 10th June 1915 when a period of sick leave forced him home to England. 
The map is 1:10,000 and is dated 1915.


Wieltje, Frezenberg, Zonnebeke -this trench map is in 1:10,000 scale and is dated 22nd July 1917, only a short period before the commencement of the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

Examples of the detail to be found on the maps:

Above: Couronne, Dojran Front, Macedonia, 1918.

Belgium Sheet 28 North West covers Ypres, this map has been marked up with various camps and 'forming up place for counter attacks'

HOW TO ORDER

You can order all items by post using cheque or credit/debit card.  Please print out the order form, complete the details and post to
King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HT

You can also order all items by telephone number using credit/debit card. 

Curator Direct Dial: 01524 555619
from overseas: 00 44 1524 555619
There is a voice mail facility for messages.

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