Armed with maps, war diary entries and as much material as we could carry, I set off with Rocco to find Harry's location on the day of the Austrian attack, 15th June 1918.
Unlike Flanders, where much of the topography has been disturbed and modified, the plateau has changed little.
It was quite possible to find out exactly where the 9th Battalion, York & Lancasters were on that day.
The trenches were there, clearly evident, in lines about 50 metres apart, with the front line sited a few metres inside a wood.
The sketch map from the 11th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (p144 of the book) on the Y & L's right flank, made the job easy, especially as the boundaries of the woodland have changed little in the last 90 years. There was a track through the woods which was the boundary between the two front line Battalions. That is still there and so it was easy to find the very trenches that Harry and his comrades would have occupied. It was exciting and emotional to look out over the ground over which Harry would have seen the Austrian advance.
Posted by Pte Harry Lamin at 10:06 pm