TIMELINE OF BLUNDEN’S WAR
Not all of the Battalion’s movements are recorded here; the broad outline is adapted from the detailed one provided by Martin Chown in his companion guide to Undertones of War, with his kind permission.
August 1915–April 1916 In training camps at Weymouth, Shoreham; near Cork. To Boulogne, a day’s training at Etaples and then up the line. At this period the British held the front line from Ypres to the Somme, and the 11th Sussex were about halfway between the two.
May 1916 9th, from Béthune to Le Touret; 14th, relieved 13th Royal Sussex at Festubert; 28th, ordered to front line at Cuinchy; EB to threeday gas school at Essars.
June 1916 11th, relieved by Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, returned to Hingette; 16th, to Croix Barbée, north of Richebourg; 28th, relieved by Cambridgeshires, to Richebourg.
July 1916 1st, relieved to Lacouture orchards; 7th, relieved 4th King’s Liverpools at Auchy-les-Mines for about a week, then back to Le Touret; 20th, holding Ferme du Bois line; 24th, holding Festubert breastworks; 29th, relieved to Le Touret and then Béthune.
August 1916 Returned to trenches at Givenchy; 11th, began the journey to the Somme; 27th, reached Mailly Wood.
September 1916 3rd, attack began. Battalion relieved by Cheshires and reassembled at Hamel: reduced from 4 to 2 companies, with the loss of