British Battalions on the Western Front by Ray Westlake

By Ray Westlake

Ray Westlakes newest paintings is a important daily advisor to the postings and activities of approximately three hundred British battalions in this interval of various experimental re-organizations of standard and volunteer devices in training for large later offensives in global battle I.

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Relieved at night and to Béthune. Moved later to Burbure then Oblinghem. February–March–April–May–June Took over trenches in the Rue de l’Epinette sector 28th February. Rested at Le Touret and Hinges between tours in front line. Moved to Richebourg-St. Vaast sector 30th March. To Hinges 9th May and on 12th relieved 1st Irish Guards in trenches at Givenchy. To Béthune 14th and began tours in trenches at Le Rutoir 16th. Rested at Vermelles. Held line around Cuinchy during first part of June, then to Cambrin.

To Ypres 14th then later into dug-outs on canal bank near St. Eloi. ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies withdrew to Bedford House during night 15th2–16th, then ‘C’ and ‘D’ Companies took part in counter-attack on ‘O’ Trench. Withdrew later to Bedford House. H. Enderby (wounded) among the casualties. Took over front line north of canal 17th. Relieved by 1st Suffolk 20th and to Kruisstraat. Moved forward again, later to La Chapelle Farm. and during night took part in attack on ‘Z’ Trench. 30 am followed by ‘C’ and ‘D’.

H. L. K. Steel killed. June Relieved and to wood north of Vlamertinghe. Moved to Busseboom 5th then on 10th from Ypres to trenches in Sanctuary Wood. Relieved 19th and marched through Kruisstraat to bivouacs. Moved via Ouderdom and Locre to Dranoutre 20th and next day to Neuve Eglise. Relieved 1/5th South Staffordshire in front line trenches near Wulverghem 22nd. G. Graham killed by sniper 24th. 1/6th Battalion (Territorial Force) April Seaton Sluice on Tyne Defences. Part of Northumberland Brigade, Northumbrian Division.

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