Walking The Somme: High Wood

High Wood was one of the most fought-over corners of the Somme battlefields in 1916. We take a walk from Caterpillar Valley Cemetery via Longueval, to stand beneath the dark trees of the wood. We learn about New Zealand’s Unknown Warrior, Indian Cavalry, and a father and son who were both awarded the Victoria Cross. 


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13 Comments on “Walking The Somme: High Wood

  1. Thanks Paul, excellent as always. Like you, I’m missing walking the ground and I hope we can meet up again soon. Take care in the interim.

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  2. Great story as usual……always had an interest in this area as it follows my old friends from the 47th Division from Loos to the Somme! Hope to do this walk sometime!

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  3. Just listened to this podcast, a good listen sitting in the back garden in the warm sunshine. Not like my only visit the London Cemetery, such heavy rain and a good breath of wind didn’t even get off the coach.

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  4. What a fantastic podcast. Thank you for recognizing the New Zealand Division’s role around High wood, and Flers. I have three relations remembered on the NZ Memorial at Caterpillar Valley who died during September and October 1916, with no known grave


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  5. Another fascinating podcast. Great to hear about the exploits of the NZ forces and Deccan Horse. The photo of them after their charge is one of my favourites from the Great War.

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  6. Working my way through your excellent series, this one especially poignant. Thank you for taking the time to put this together.

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  7. Excellent podcast on High Wood. Interesting what you say about what’s in the wood; my great-uncle, 2Lt AHG Clarke of 1st Northamptonshires, was killed on 9/9/16 in an attack following a mine being set off, which created a large crater. His brother, RAMC with the Glosters, found his grave in 1917 and ‘got a padre to do a stunt’. He now lies in Caterpillar Valley. That crater is now waterfilled (rare on the Somme?), and we found the exact spot he was last seen fighting in a trip in 1986, courtesy very good support from the IWM.

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    • What a fascinating story, Nigel! Thanks for sharing it! Yes water filled craters are rare and this one was originally dry in 1916-18.


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