The Bantams of Bourlon Wood

Among the dark Oak trees of Bourlon Wood, the Bantam Battalions from England, Scotland and Wales experienced their baptism of fire. Who were The Bantams, and did all roads lead to Bourlon Wood in November 1917?


Podcast Extras: The Bantams

Podcast Extras: Bourlon Wood

13 Comments on “The Bantams of Bourlon Wood

  1. Another brilliant Pod Paul. I especially enjoyed this one as my Great Grandfather, Corporal Edward Kilby, was in the 12 SWB (119 Brigade) and died during the Gouzeaucourt Battle in 1917. He is buried in La Chapelette CWGC cemetery just outside Peronne (where the 34th CCS was). He was a big, strapping rugby loose forward from the Forest of Dean, so most likely one of the bantam replacements you allude to.
    I knew very little of the wider 40th Div history, so I’m really grateful to you.


  2. Really enjoyed this one – I might as well just put that for every episode as I always do!
    Thanks for helping me with my question on French graves, I’ll make sure I take plenty of photos!

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  3. An excellent account of the history of Bantams and their battle at Bourlon Wood.

    Do you recall a BBC TV series in 1993 called “Tales from the Map Room”? One episode was presented by Richard Holmes and was called “A Wood called Bourlon”. A great episode, sadly though I can’t find it on YouTube anywhere.

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