Current map of the old Ancre battlefield
the RND Front Line 13/11/16, Battle of the Ancre,
showing the start positions of all RND Battalions.
left to right front line, facing NE: 1/RM, Howe, Hawke & Hood Bns.
Line: 2/RM, Anson, Nelson & Drake Bns.
Line: 10/Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 4th Bedfords, 7th Royal Fusiliers & 1st Honourable
shown are the various positions of Royal Engineers (RE) & Pioneers (Prs). (Map:
PRO ref: ADM137/3929).
is now the site of the Newfoundland Memorial Park, where the 51st Highland Division
also went over the top 13/11/16. Many of the trenches are preserved here & the
ground is still pocked with shell-holes; a Lunar Landscape with grass.
where 1RM advanced "up the shell-pocked muddy slope" is now cornfields; but
the road marked on the map which bisects 1RM's position still exists. One is
able to be very accurate in finding the exact ground.
British Cemetery now stands on the Drake support line. Therefore one can get
a VERY good set of visual bearings & the whole front line position can be envisaged.
Neil York of Stairfoot, Barnsley & I walked the length of the RND line in late
September this year (2000. There were no crops, it was dry, freshly ploughed
& there were no Farmers about), then back up the support line. We found a live
Mills Grenade & a four-inch shell just lying on the surface, also the German
Five-inch Shrapnel Nose Cap & fuse (see
the Royal Marines page).