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1917, DECEMBER 31st – MARCHED TO CAIX

Bray-sur-Somme, December 31 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view across the roofs of buildings in Bray-sur-Somme, with a line of telegraph poles crossing the foreground.

Bray-sur-Somme,
December 31 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view across the roofs of buildings in Bray-sur-Somme, with a line of telegraph poles crossing the foreground.

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

The Battalion’s mid-winter respite was brief. On New Year’s Eve, 1917, the 2/4th Oxfords quitted the wretched Suzanne huts and marched through Harbonnières to Caix. No ‘march past’ was necessary or would have been possible, for so slippery was the road that the men had to trail along its untrodden sides as best they could. Old 61st Divisional sign-boards left standing nearly a year ago greeted the return to an area which was familiar to many. The destination should have been Vauvillers, but the inhabitants of that village were stricken with measles. Better billets and freedom from infection compensated for a longer march. At Caix the Battalion was comfortable for a week.

The Division’s move from the Bray-Suzanne area to south of the Somme heralded a new relief of the French, whose line was now to be shortened by the amount on its left flank between St. Quentin and La Fère.

1917, NOVEMBER 23rd – ARRAS SECTOR

 Killed in Action 23rd November 1917

201974 Private William Payne

Arras,  November 23 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC) A view from an elevated position down onto a street in Arras town centre. There is a line of large houses to the left, with a truck moving away down the road and several figures walking along the pavement. An observation balloon is in the sky in the distance and there appears to be smoke emanating from a building in the far background.

Arras,
November 23 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view from an elevated position down onto a street in Arras town centre. There is a line of large houses to the left, with a truck moving away down the road and several figures walking along the pavement. An observation balloon is in the sky in the distance and there appears to be smoke emanating from a building in the far background.

1917, AUGUST 12th – BROXEELE REST BILLETS

D Company HQ Rest Billets, Broxeele,  August 12 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view of the frontage of a house being used as billets for British infantry. Some small trees and a hedge stand immediately outside the house.

D Company HQ Rest Billets, Broxeele,
August 12 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view of the frontage of a house being used as billets for British infantry. Some small trees and a hedge stand immediately outside the house.

1917, NOVEMBER 22nd – ARRAS SECTOR

Dug Outs in Railway Embankment, Blangy, Arras,  November 22 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A from a hill of numerous large dug-outs built into the side of a large railway embankment running across the composition. There are a few bell tents on the flat ground beneath the embankment and the tiny shapes of figures.

Dug Outs in Railway Embankment, Blangy, Arras,
November 22 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A from a hill of numerous large dug-outs built into the side of a large railway embankment running across the composition. There are a few bell tents on the flat ground beneath the embankment and the tiny shapes of figures.

1917, SEPTEMBER 27th – ARRAS

Gommecourt Wood from Old German Front Line, September 27 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  In the foreground stands a small cluster of bomb damaged tree stumps, with open ground beyond and a wood lining the horizon.

Gommecourt Wood from Old German Front Line, September 27 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
In the foreground stands a small cluster of bomb damaged tree stumps, with open ground beyond and a wood lining the horizon.

Gommecourt,  September 27 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view of the heavily bomb damaged Gommecourt Wood, with the trees reduced to bare stumps. There appears to be the bomb damaged remains of a stone defensive emplacement in the centre middle ground.

Gommecourt,
September 27 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view of the heavily bomb damaged Gommecourt Wood, with the trees reduced to bare stumps. There appears to be the bomb damaged remains of a stone defensive emplacement in the centre middle ground.

The "Six" Poplars Between the British and German Front Lines East of Hebuterne,  September 27 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  Three bomb damaged stumps of poplar trees stand in a scarred rural landscape.

The “Six” Poplars Between the British and German Front Lines East of Hebuterne,
September 27 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
Three bomb damaged stumps of poplar trees stand in a scarred rural landscape.

1917, JUNE 21st – BILLETS AT BERNVILLE, RESTING AND TRAINING

Eastern Exit from Arras, June 21 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view of a few British soldiers walking along a road into the bomb damaged remnants of Arras.

Eastern Exit from Arras, June 21 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view of a few British soldiers walking along a road into the bomb damaged remnants of Arras.

1917, JULY 14th – REST BILLETS AT NOEUX UNDERGOING TRAINING

Noeux Village (Rest Billets), July 14 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view along a tree-lined pathway, with British soldiers off duty walking and gathering in groups to chat. A few buildings of the village are visible underneath the tree canopy to the right.

Noeux Village (Rest Billets), July 14 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view along a tree-lined pathway, with British soldiers off duty walking and gathering in groups to chat. A few buildings of the village are visible underneath the tree canopy to the right.

1917, APRIL 21st – IN HOLNON OVERLOOKING SAINT-QUENTIN, SHELLED DURING THE NIGHT

St Quentin on Fire During German Retreat,  8.15pm 21 April 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC) 1917-04-21 A sketch view across a flat landscape with a tree in the centre foreground, looking towards the buildings of Saint-Quentin ablaze after being set on fire by retreating German forces. A large cloud of smoke drifts skywards. G. K. Rose would have been around Holnon at this time.

St Quentin on Fire During German Retreat,
8.15pm 21 April 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC) 1917-04-21
A sketch view across a flat landscape with a tree in the centre foreground, looking towards the buildings of Saint-Quentin ablaze after being set on fire by retreating German forces. A large cloud of smoke drifts skywards. G. K. Rose would have been around Holnon at this time.

Working on the line of resistance. Holnon was shelled during the night.

By G. K. Rose.

By G. K. Rose.

1917, SEPTEMBER 24th – FROM GOUVES TO ARRAS, GRIMSBY CAMP, ST NICHOLAS

Arras : from the suburb of St Nicholas, Arras-Lens Road Hughes-Stanton, Herbert (Sir) (RA) 1918 A view along a main road of a bomb-damaged small town. The houses and buildings on either side of the road are quite badly damaged. There are trees beyond and further buildings are visible on the horizon in the background.

Arras : from the suburb of St Nicholas, Arras-Lens Road
Hughes-Stanton, Herbert (Sir) (RA) 1918
A view along a main road of a bomb-damaged small town. The houses and buildings on either side of the road are quite badly damaged. There are trees beyond and further buildings are visible on the horizon in the background.

From The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by Captain G. K. Rose M.C. (Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1920)

Arras (Grimsby Camp, St. Nicholas) on the 24th. In the vicinity of Arras the Battalion remained until the end of November.

1917, SEPTEMBER 29th – ARRAS

Arras, Grande Place, September 29 1917 Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)  A view from under a covered arch across the Grande Place in the centre of Arras, with evidence of bomb damage.

Arras, Grande Place, September 29 1917
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)
A view from under a covered arch across the Grande Place in the centre of Arras, with evidence of bomb damage.

Arras, Scarpe River September 29 1917,  Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)A view of the riverbank of the Scarpe River running through Arras town centre. A military truck is parked by the riverbank in the left foreground, with a boat in the water nearby. A few figures and a cyclist are visible on the road, which is bordered by buildings, many of which are bomb damaged.

Arras, Scarpe River
September 29 1917,
Rose, Geoffrey K (MC)A view of the riverbank of the Scarpe River running through Arras town centre. A military truck is parked by the riverbank in the left foreground, with a boat in the water nearby. A few figures and a cyclist are visible on the road, which is bordered by buildings, many of which are bomb damaged.

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