Enemy shell La Targette & fragments fly all around the dugout. Enemy & our aeroplanes very active. We capture Beaumont-Hamel and St Pierre Divion but cannot hold Serre. Capture over 2,000 prisoners.
Menzies goes on leave to Eng. Enemy shell heavily all night.
*The Battle of the Ancre November 13th – 18th 1916 – This was the final large British attack in the Battle of the Somme before the start of the winter. After the success with the Battle of Flers–Courcelette, English and French troops felt it would be more beneficial to stage several small attacks rather than regroup. They attacked the Ancre Valley starting with a large mine detonation. Important targets were taken including, Beaumont Hamel, Beaucourt-sur-l’Ancre and St Pierre Divion. Despite these gains the human cost was great with 419,654 British and 202,567 French casualties, versus 465,181 German casualties.