DELVILLE WOOD

LONGUEVAL - SOMME - FRANCE

Home

History page

Visit of Delville Wood

Contacts

DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Somme, France

Cyrus Henry EMERY

Grave III.H.29.

Husband of Theresa Ellen Emery, of 24, East St, Belgravia, Johannesburg. Native of Australia (Source : C.W.G.C.).

Died on the 22nd October 1916 of wounds received in front the Butte de Warlencourt. In the night of the 12-13th October, the 3rd S.A.I. relieved the 2nd and 4th S.A.I. which had suffered heavily during the attack on Snag and Tail Trenches. A new trench (Pearse's Trench) was dug and a patrol was sent on reconnaissance on The Pimple in the hands of the Germans. On the 14th October, the B Coy took The Pimple and a considerable part of the German communication trench. The B Coy was relieved by the A Coy in the night of the 15-16th October. The casualties of the 3rd S.A.I. amounted to 38 men. During the night of the 18-19th October, a company of the 3rd S.A.I. moved forward to the front line in Pearse's Trench. At 4 a.m. of the 19th October, Germans launched an assault with flame-throwers, driving the South Africans to their original front line. At noon on the 19th, a company of the 3rd S.A.I. entered Snag Trench and attempted in vain to advance towards The Nose. The South Africans were relieved in the night of the 20th-21st October.