8th East Lancs Then and Now.


A collection of photographs taken at various times over the last few years.  The photos on this page will change from time to time.























Christopher and Philip Boardman amongst the graves at Hannescamps Military Cemetery, 2005.                           

























The graves of four men at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, killed on May 3rd 1916.  L/Cpl  Tattershall was killed by shell fire.  Pte Smith, L/Cpl Everett and Cpl Robertson were killed when a grenade accidentally exploded.  Four others were wounded in the incident.  The battalion had just completed its most comprehensive period of training in the use of grenades.
























The whole family seem to get involved sometimes - on occasions rather more than they may have wished!  The Barkers, Dumbarton Lakes, on the Menin Road, close to Ypres.  October 2007.  A lovely trip.




















Staying at Avril Williams' is always enjoyable.  The garden trench system has now been excavated.  You're never quite sure what's going to happen at Auchonvillers!





















Christopher with le Baron de Nielles les Ardres and grandson.  The Baron's grandfather occupied the Chateau in 1914. He evacuated the building later and it was occupied by the officers of 8th East Lancs and 112 Brigade during their brief stay 2nd to 4th August 1915, their first billet on French soil.  The men were billeted in the chateau's grounds and in the rest of the village.



























        Outbuildings in St Amand.  

Today, visiting the village gives a strong impression of what the Lancastrians saw over ninety years ago.  These buidlings are contemporary with the Great War.























The grave of Pte Jack Boller.  Originally from London, Boller was one of the battalion's few Jewish soldiers to be killed during the war.  Buried at Hannescamps Military Cemetery.























Chris Boardman sheltering from the wind while visiting the grave of Major Magrath at Bienvillers Military Cemetery. 





















Believe it not this is the ground occupied by the 8th Battalion during their stay in the trenches in front of Gheluvelt 5-11th October 1917!  The photo was taken from the busy Menin Road.





























Menin Gate - a few years ago now.  The crowds are growing ever larger each year.

8th East Lancs

Dedicated to the men of the 8th (Service) Battalion,

East Lancashire Regiment in the Great War.