Sunday 3rd September 1916 continued
20th Div was tasked with taking Guillemont. Zero Hour was . 59 Bde reinforced by 6th Bn, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (60 Bde) and 7th Bn, Somerset Light Infantry (61 Bde) attacked the southern endof Guillemont while 47 Bde of the 16th (Irish) Div was attached to the 20th Div from Corps Reserve. 10th Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 6th Bn,
ConnaughtRangers advanced before the bombardment lifted thus surprising the Germans at Zero Hour. The KRRC with 10th and 11th Bns, the Rifle Brigade reached their objective, the treet>Hardecourt Roadtreet> in 20 minutes. The KRRC mopped up here while the two Rifle battalions wheeled north to treet>Mount Streettreet>.
North of Mount Street 6th Connaughts and 7th Leinsters advanced rapidly into Guillemont bypassing the quarry.In the face of heavy artillery and MG fire, the troops consolidated near
treet>North Sttreet> and treet>South Sttreet> by .
The advance resumed at on the Ginchy –
treet>Wedge Wood Roadtreet>, which was reached at . 7th Bn, Duke of ’s Light Infantry moved into the village to assist in consolidation. Cornwall
Counter attacks at 5.30 and were repelled.
For more detail on the Irish attack see;
South of Guillemont meanwhile, 5th Div sent 2nd Bn, King’s Own Scottish Borderers to attack Point 48 and Falfemont Farm at in conjunction with an attack from The Ravine by the French 127th Regiment. The French were pinned down by MG fire and the KOSB attack failed disastrously with 300 casualties.
The attack resumed at . 95 Bde with two battalions, 12th Glosters and 1st Duke of Cornwall’s LI, captured the German frontline in the face of enfilading fire from Falfemont Farm. 13 Bde also attacked with 14th and 15th Bn Warwickshire Regt. The 14th managed to enter the complex of trenches south of Wdge Wood. At 95 Bde again advanced and captured the German second Line between Wedge Wood and the south east corner of Guillemont. At they advanced to the Ginchy –
treet>Wedge Wood Roadtreet> where they consolidated in contact with 20th Div.
Meanwhile 15 Bde relieved 13 Bde in the attack on the Wedge Wood- Falfemont Farm line. 1st Bn, Bedfordshire Regt took the wood but 1st Bn, Cheshire Regt and 16th Bn Warwickshire Regt failed in the face of MG fire from positions left uncleared by the French.