On the 13th November 1916, in one of the final engagements of the Battle of the Somme, the 51st (Highland) Division advanced on and finally captured Beaumont Hamel, which had been a first-day objective on the 1st July.
To remember the sacrifices made on that day, there will be a commemoration at the 51st (Highland) Division Flagstaff in the centre of Beaumont Hamel village starting at 10.30am. This will be followed by a walk up to the Hawthorn Ridge with the Hawthorn Redoubt Crater Association to mark the anniversary of the second mine explosion prepared by the 252nd Tunnelling Company and the capture of the crater led by the 5/Gordon Highlanders in the same action. Afterwards there will be a vin d’honneur in the village hall.
Image: Lt Ernest Brooks. This photograph is © IWM Q 2005 from the collections of the IWM - Working parties of British troops in the Hawthorn Ridge Crater near Beaumont Hamel, November 1916