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Swavesey Chronicles Part I - Photo Supplement

11th Suffolk's graves at Gordon Dump

Contributed by Philip Curme (

Phil Curme, contributor of the Swavesey Chronicles, toured the Western Front in the spring of 1997 and was kind enough to contribute these photos. The photographs included here feature a modern look at many of the locales he has documented in his accounting of the Swavesey Chronicles Part I - Swavesey Will Remember.

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Swavesey Church Church End, Swavesey
High Street, Swavesey Renescure, France

Back area stopping off route en route to the 4th Army area.

Officers billet at Renescure.
Becourt (On The Somme)

Overnight billet for the 11th Suffolks and the start of the battalion's journey on 1-Jul-1916.

Officers billet at Becourt.
Shell tom landscape at Becourt (1997).
Becourt military cemetery

Several Suffolk graves -- men killed during the week preceding the 1-July.
The 1-July jumping off point near Becourt.
The Heligoland Redoubt

The disturbed chalk shows the position of this German strongpoint in the bottom of Mash Valley.
The Lochnagar Mine Crater (1997)

80,000 lbs of explosive under the German trench line was blown at 7.28am on 1-Jul-1916 causing this crater.Many of the battalion survivors fought a final action on the lip of this crater.Phil's son Ben stands at the bottom.
The furthest point of advance for the Cambridgeshire men of the Suffolks - Gordon Dump Military Cemetery. The 34th Division Memorial at La Boisselle.
The detrius of war. Uncovered shells, roadside, awaiting pickup. Somme harvest. A collection of unexploded shells.