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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 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.

1916, JULY 15th, – RELIEVED BY THE 16th (CHURCH LADS BRIGADE) KING’S ROYAL RIFLES AND SPENT THE NIGHT AT LESTREM

Ruins of Lestrem Chateau, destroyed by German bombardment. Date unknown. www.iwm.org

Ruins of Lestrem Chateau, destroyed by German bombardment. Date unknown. http://www.iwm.org

On the 15th July the Battalion was relieved by the 16th King’s Royal Rifles and spent the night of the 15th/16th at Lestrem.

16th (Service) Battalion (Church Lads Brigade), King’s Royal Rifles
Formed at Denham, Bucks., on 19 September 1914 by Field-Marshal Lord Grenfell, Commandant of the Church Lads Brigade, from current and previous members of that organisation. Moved in March 1915 to Rayleigh but returned to Denham in May.
June 1915 : moved to Clipstone Camp and came under orders of 100th Brigade in 33rd Division. Moved on to Perham Down in August 1915.
17 November 1915 : landed at Le Havre.

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