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Time spent in the front line at the Battle of the Somme, July – November 1916
(Catalogue ref: WO 153/1258)

SECRET. NOT TO BE COPIED.

STATEMENT SHOWING NUMBER OF DAYS EACH DIVISION HAS BEEN IN FRONT LINE IN SOMME BATTLE.

From 1st July to 23rd Nov., 1916.

FIRST TIME IN THE BATTLE.

Divisions

First Time
in
Front Line.

No.
of
Days.

Second Time
in
Front Line.

No.
of
Days.

Third Time
in
Front Line.

No.
of
Days.

Fourth Time
in
Front Line.

No.
of
Days.

Total Number
of days for
First Period.

1

11-7…25-7

15

16-8…11-9

27

21-9…28-9

8

   

50

2

26-7…9-8

15

22-8…20-9

30*

2-10…7-10

6*

18-10…15-11

29*

80

3

8-7…25-7

18

15-8…19-8

5

       

23

4

1-7…21-7

21*

           

21*

5

20-7…1-8

13

27-8…6-9

11

11-9 and 13-9) 2
19-9 to 26-9) 8 =

10

   

34

6

8-8…27-8

20

12-9…18-9

7

22-9…30-9

9

9-10…19-10

11

47

7

1-7…5-7

5

12-7…20-7

9

27-8…7-9

12

   

26

8

1-7…1-7

1

           

1

9

3-7…19-7

17

           

17

11

8-9…1-10

24

22-11…23-11

2

       

26

12

2-7…8-7

7

16-7…22-7

5

29-7…13-8

16

   

28

14

13-8…30-8

18

13-9…16-9

4

       

22

15

8-8…18-9

42

9-10…2-11

25

       

67

16

1-9…9-9

9

           

9

17

1-7…10-7

10

2-8…12-8

11

       

21

18

1-7…7-7

7

13-7…17-7

5

       

12

19

2-7…9-7

8

20-7…31-7

12

       

20

20

30-7…17-8

19*

23-8…4-9

13

17-9…20-9) 4
and 27-9) 1 =

5

30-9…8-10

9

46

21

1-7…3-7

3

11-7…17-7

7

       

10

23

4-7…11-7

8

17-7…19-7

3

26-7…8-8

14

   

25

24

10-8…22-8

13

31-8…4-9

5

       

18

25

4-7…16-7

13

25-7…10-8

17

19-8…7-9

20

2-10…21-10

20

70

29

1-7…24-7

24*

           

24*

30

1-7…5-7

5

8-7…11-7

4

24-7 and 30-7

2

   

11

31

1-7…4-7

4

           

4

32

1-7…3-7

3

9-7…15-7

7

       

10

33

15-7…21-7

7

7-8…30-8

24

       

31

34

1-7…3-7

3

10-7…19-7

10

31-7…15-8

16

   

29

35

18-7…31-7

14

20-8…26-8

7

       

21

36

1-7…2-7

2

           

2

37

Split up between 21st and 34th Divisions

         

38

6-7…11-7

6

15-7…29-7

15

       

21

39

28-8…17-10

51*

18-10…15-11

29

       

80

40

15-11…22-11

8

           

8

41

11-9…17-9

7

29-9…1-10

3

4-10…10-10

7

   

17

46

1-7

1b

           

1a

47

12-9…20-9

9

29-9…9-10

11

       

20

48

1-7…14-7

14*

15-7…28-7

14

14-8…29-8

16

   

44

49

2-7…18-8

48a

28-8…25-9

29b

       

77b

50

10-9…8-10

24

25-10…18-11

25

       

49

51

22-7…6-8

16

           

16

55

31-7…14-8

15

5-9…12-9

8

18-9…28-9

11

   

34

56

1-7

1b

           

1b

60

                 

61

22-11…23-11

2

           

2

63

8-10…15-11

39*

           

39*

Guards

11-8…21-8

11*

10-9…16-9

7

21-9…30-9

10

14-11…21-11

8

36

1 A.

20-7…27-7

8

17-8…22-8

6

       

14

2 A.

28-7…6-8

10

23-8…28-8

6

       

16

4 A.

7-8…16-8

10

29-8…4-9

7

       

17

5 A.

22-10…4-11

14

22-11…23-11

2

       

16

N. Z.

11-9…3-10

23

           

23

1 Can.

5-9…11-9

7

18-9…28-9

11

7-10…15-10

9

   

27

2 Can.

12-9…17-9

6

26-9…5-10

10

       

16

3 Can.

14-9…22-9

9

29-9…15-10

17

       

26

4 Can.

12-10…23-11

43

           

43



SECOND TIME IN THE BATTLE.

Divisions

First Time in
Front Line.

No.
of
Days.

Second Time
in
Front Line.

No.
of
Days.

Total Number
of days for
Second Period.

Grand Total
of
No. of days in
Somme Battle up
to Nov. 23rd, ’16.

1

         

50

2

         

80

3

8-10…19-10) 12
22-10…23-11) 32 =

45*

   

45*

68

4

10-10…24-10

15

   

15

36

5

         

34

6

         

47

7

         

26

8

20-10…30-10

11

8-11…16-11

9

20

21

9

10-10…24-10

15

   

15

32

11

         

26

12

2-10…19-10

18

   

18

46

14

         

22

15

         

67

16

         

9

17

31-10…13-11

13

   

13

34

18

26-9…5-10

10

16-10…21-11

37

47

59

19

9-10…16-10

8

22-10…22-11

32

40

60

20

         

46

21

17-9…1-10

15

   

15

25

23

19-9…8-10

20

   

20

45

24

         

18

25

         

70

29

11-10…29-10

19

17-11…23-11

7

26

50

30

11-10…22-10

12

   

12

23

31

17-10…23-11

38*

   

38*

42

32

16-11…23-11

8

   

8

18

33

25-10…7-11

14

   

14

45

34

         

29

35

         

21

36

         

2

37

16-11…23-11

8

   

8

8

38

         

21

39

         

80

40

         

8

41

         

17

46

         

1a

47

         

20

48

3-11…23-11

21

   

21

65

49

         

77b

50

         

49

51

5-10…17-11

44*

   

44*

60

55

         

34

56

4-9…12-9) 6
14-9…27-9) 14 =

20

1-10…9-10

9

29

30

60

           

61

         

2

63

         

39*

Guards

         

36

1 A.

30-10…13-11

15

   

15

29

2 A.

5-11…21-11

17

   

17

33

4 A.

14-11…23-11

10

   

10

27

5 A.

         

16

N. Z.

         

23

1 Can.

         

27

2 Can.

         

16

3 Can.

         

26

4 Can.

         

43

NOTE.- * In line North of the Ancre. a Chiefly on Defensive Front. b Gommecourt Atta

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