It was during the March 1917 offensive, that Achiet-le-Grand was freed
for the first time since the beginning of the war. The 18th Division, 54th
brigade pushed from south Achiet to advance to Bihucourt with the 7th
Bedford Regt and the 12th Middlesex Regt on their right. During the battle,
a stretcher bearer Christopher Cox was
awarded a VC. On the 17th March Achiet-le-Grand and Bihucourt were liberated.
Achiet to the Bedfords and Bihucourt to the Middlesex.
The 53rd brigade was alloted the village of irles which was captured on
the 10th March
See also his grandson's web site.
Source: Martin Deacon "the Shiny Seventh"
Advance of the 7th Bedfords
Views to and from sunken road
- In the air a terrible
battle was on , they called it "
bloody April ". The
hope of surviving was very little!
A British pilot lasted on average only 17 hours in the
air before being shot down.
Some extract of diaries
I guess that lost of troops detrained at Achiet
then moved to their camps but also some would have been billeted around the
- The 2/1st London
regiment (173 brigade , 58th division) camped at Achiet-le-Grand from 15
April 1917 to May 1917 then they attacked the Hindenburg line at
Bullecourt in mid June. The battalion attended a funeral service on the
1st of july 1917 at Achiet for 9 men.
- Lawrence Brown forwarded to me what he
found in the book about Achiet-le-Grand
and the first world war "
Henry Williamson 2nd Lt 208 th MGC
22nd May : Raining heavily, went to Achiet le
grand to cinema in the evening.
2nd June : went in the evening to a concert at
Achiet le Grand
5th June : went to Achiet le Grand to the
- The 2nd and the 5th
December 1917 bombs dropped without damage on the railhead.