Flatiron Copse Cemetery, South West of Bazentin Ridge

July 15, 2014

The Mad Game Newsreel

Flatiron Copse – Bazentin Ridge 14-18 July 1916

Chris Cherry

140522000190 Flatiron Copse Cemetery. A tricky little road to reach it, not always accessible on a bike, but worth the effort, if only to sample the peace and the shelter of “Happy Valley”

Flatiron Copse was the name given by the army to a small woody plantation a little to the east of Mametz Wood.

This cemetery was central to my research for The Mad Game books and remains one of the locations on the Somme to which I often return. The other being Caterpillar Valley. The ground was taken by the 3rd and 7th Divisions very early (03:25) on 14 July 1916 and an advanced dressing station was established at the copse, sitting in a low spot between Mamentz Wood and the edge of Bazentin Wood (South). The story of this advance, novel and daring, although ultimately unsuccessful, did pave the way for some alternative strategy in defining the wart…

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