The Sunken Lane is situated in the Beaumont Hamel area. It was a road running parallel with the front line and before July 1st was in No-Man’s-Land.  There were often miniature battles between the English and German patrols for possession of the lane.

But on July 1st advance parties of the Ist Lancashire Fusiliers made their way into the lane.  The idea being that attacking from here would cut down the distance across No-Man’s-Land. As they waited to go over they would have seen the explosion of the Hawthorne mine. Then they got the command. They leapt out of the lane and attacked across the ground to the right but were met with fierce German gunfire.

18 officers and 465 other ranks were killed, missing or wounded.joul

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