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John W

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Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« on: November 15, 2014, 02:20:58 PM »
I spent 5 days driving around Mons & Le Cateau over the period 22-27 Aug this year. I basically followed the path of the 2/Mancs from Le Cateau - Landrecies - Bavay - Hainin River - Dour - Wasmes - St Waast - Montay - Le Cateau, finishing at the Suffolk Memorial on the 26th August at around 14-1500, the exact centenary of the battle. The following pics are some from that trip and helped me make sense of a lot of what I have read, having now walked the ground itself. I hope that they are of use to fellow enthusiasts/amateur historians like myself who may not have the opportunity to visit in person.

The Hainin River shot is looking north towards the canal.
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John W

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2014, 02:24:53 PM »
Hainin River area where 2/Mancs were in reserve

John W

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2014, 02:30:01 PM »
On the long road south from Bavay to the crossroads south of Montay.

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2014, 02:33:35 PM »
Le Cateau station, and the view from there (approx.) that the Germans would have had looking across the dead ground up to the ridge where the Suffolks were.

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2014, 02:39:07 PM »
Looking East from the D932 onto the 14 Bde area. To the right of shot is where Lt Nisbet fell.

The last shot of the junction is just to the north of the cutting shown on many maps.

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2014, 02:44:59 PM »
14 Bde area, looking east, and then north from the approx. area that the 2/Mancs were in their reserve positions before reinforcing the Suffolks and Argylles. Last two pics are from the memorial position.

John W

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2014, 02:47:52 PM »
The Suffolks' Memorial on the Centenary of the Battle.

John W

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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2014, 02:51:09 PM »
Looking back at the station from the Suffolks position, and the adjacent plots of Captains Brodribb and Trueman.

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2014, 02:40:52 PM »
John, thank you for sharing

Regards
Pete
Remembering

Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2014, 11:06:27 AM »
John,

I join with Pete in expressing thanks for the trouble you have taken to let us have sight of your travel photographs.    I note from your photos that the Le Cateau crossroads now has a "traffic roundabout" in place.   I also surmise that the gate giving access to the Memorial must have been unlocked at the time of your visit, which was not always the case on my visits, necessitating willing hands in my party to get me over the gate and its railings without injury.

You will have noticed in your photograph taken in Le Cateau Mil. Cem., that in the row behind the grave of Captain Brodribb is the grave of 2nd Lt. C.W. Robertson whose date of death I initially assumed to be in August 1914.  However, on closer inspection I realised that the inscription gave this officer's death as August 1916.

It would seem that Lt. Robertson was in the 17th Manchesters and not in the 3rd battalion as quoted by the CWGC.  He was reported as MIA 10th - 11th July 1916 (Trones Wood ?) and later as a POW, dying in enemy hands on 22nd August at Le Cateau, I must assume of wounds received when in action.

Your photograph of the Forester's House indicates that considerable alterations and refurbishment have taken place, making it very "visitor friendly" for those wishing to view the cellar in which Owen and other officers and men of the 2nd Manchesters occupied in late 1918 prior to the battalion's attack over the nearby Sambre-Oise canal.  Regards. PhilipG.

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2014, 01:16:04 PM »
Philip,
2/Lt Robertson is given on all his ICRC records as being B Coy 17th Bn and was indeed captured at Trones Wood. He was wounded in the chest and left arm by machinegun fire.
Charlie

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Re: Photo's from Le Cateau battlefield 26.08.2014
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2014, 02:41:21 PM »
Charlie,

Thank you for that info. Very sad. 

Philip.