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Banchory Heritage Trench unveiled for centenary

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On Monday (August 4) Banchory Museum held a special event to mark the beginning of the First World War.

The Banchory Heritage society have been working around the clock to build a replica of a trench, trench warfare being the primary theatre of combat for the young men who joined the 7th (Deeside Highland) regiment of the Gordon Highlanders.

The 7th (Deeside Highland) Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders was a Territorial unit based at Banchory with Gordon Brigade, Highland Division.

When war broke out in August 1914 they had just departed for annual camp and were recalled at once to home base.

They moved to Bedford and on the May 3 1915 they proceeded to France.

The Division concentrated in the area of Lillers, Busnes and Robecq and were rushed to the defence of Ypres, being in action until May 19 when they moved to Estaires on the River Lys.

The brigade was renamed 152nd Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division. They were in action in the The Battle of Festubert and The Second Action of Givenchy before moving south to The Somme taking over the line near Hamel. In 1916 they were in action in the Battles of the Somme, including the attacks on High Wood and The Battle of the Ancre, capturing Beaumont Hamel, taking more than 2000 prisoners.

In 1917 They took part in the Arras Offensive, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Menin Road Ridge and the Cambrai Operations. They remained in the Cambrai area until March 21 1918, when the enemy launched an overwhelming attack and the Division were engaged in a fighting withdrawal back to Bapaume.

In April they moved north and fought in The Battles of the Lys before a quiet spell at Oppy near Arras, from May to July. They were then in action at The Battle of the Tardenois, The Battle of the Scarpe, The pursuit to the Selle and the Final Advance in Picardy.

On the October 6 1918 they amalgamated with 1/6th Battalion to form the 6/7th Battalion.

See page 29 for pictures

 

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