4th Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment, marching to the trenches, Acheux, 28 June 1916
Photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1916.
Part of 88th Brigade of 29th Division, the 4th Worcesters are pictured marching into the line prior to the launch of the Somme offensive on 1 July 1916. Their division attacked along Hawthorn Ridge towards the village of Beaumont Hamel. Despite being preceded by the detonation of a huge mine under the enemy lines, the assault was beaten off by the German defenders and 223 officers and 5,017 other ranks from the 29th Division were killed or wounded.
One of 193 British and Allied official photographs.
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