Vignacourt was located just a few kilometers from the frontlines. They stayed there for a few hours, a few days, or for eternity. Vignacourt was a stop for the soldiers before returning to the battlefields. They were coming for health care, some of them have mentioned the visits to the surgeon, the dentist. During the billeting the training continued, the guns were cleaned, the equipment was repaired too.
The activity behind the front line was far from relaxing, the streets of the villages had to be regularly backfilled because of the passage of many soldiers, a lot of horses, cars. The local aerodromes were also maintained.
Some battalions held concerts to raise funds for wounded soldiers. Visits were made in key places such as the underground caves of Naours, the abbey of Saint-Riquier ... The passage in front of the photographer's lens had become a ritual for the soldiers of all nationalities but also for the French, in general with the regimental uniform.
The list below is completed over time by research and some exchanges with other history enthusiasts.- ww1. The crossing point of some regiments to Vignacourt and also in the vicinity, in the neighboring villages.
John Monash, Major General. The Sir John Monash Centre is located at Foulloy.
The stretcher-bearers were to carry the wounded for several kilometers under the firing artillery. Use the trenches were not passable because the mud was too deep. Several hours were sometimes necessary to put the wounded in safety.
- 4th field ambulance - Fressennevile 6th Dec 1917, Vignacourt 1917
- 5th field ambulance - Flesselles castle 9th oct to 1st Nov 1918 and Vignacourt.
- 8th field ambulance - Vignacourt Dec 1916 to Jan 1917, and the 2nd Jan 1917, a few men went to the caves near Naours.
- 12th field ambulance - Outtersteene July 1916, Steenwerck June 1917, Frémont from 1st to 7th Sept 1918 (4 mi from Vignacourt).
- 13th field ambulance - Saveuse From 25th Sept to 9th Nov 1918.
- 3rd squadron - RAAF: Bailleul 1918, Poulainville 7th April to 30th April 1918, Flesselles 1st May to 31th May 1918, Villers-Bocage 1st August to 4th Sept 1918.
- Field artillery battery,
- Royal regiment of Artillery,
- Trench motar battery.
2nd Bn - Billeted in Flesselles for 14 days from 17th Nov 1916. They took a train at Vignacourt for Ribemont the 1st Dec.
3rd Bn - The ground was completely covered with a white mantle of snow. Amiens to Flesselles by buses. Winter 1917
4th Bn - Billeted in Outtersteene From 9th to 11th July, marched after to Bailleul and they took the train for Candas and marched to billeted in St. Ouen. 12th July marched to billet in Vignacourt. 13th July marched to billeted in Allonville. 1916.
5th Bn - Bapaume, March 1917 - Billeted in Ailly-le-Haut-Clocher, 1st Nov 1918- On 4th Nov 1918, Divisional Parade at the church in Long, the Bishop of Amiens officiating. The service was greatly appreciated by all Ranks.
6th Bn - Ailly-le-Haut-Clocher - 1st to 6th Oct 1918 ("Ca ne fait rien" - Never mind, No problem, probably an often heard expression).
7th Bn - 11th July 1916, Passed throught Candas, Fieffes, Canaples. Billeted in Berteaucourt (this is Berteaucourt-les-Dames...) passed through Vignacourt.
Training, cleaning... Ailly-le-Haut-Clocher, month of October 1918
12th Bn - Left Halloy-les-Pernois on 12 July 1916 at 10 am marched to Naours and left Naours for Rubempré 16 July 1916.
13th Bn - Billeted in Poullainville (trainings, football match at Allonville) from 1st Sept to 9th Sept 1918, Front lines during several day from 17th Sept and billeted in Picquigny from 1st Oct to 13th Nov 1918 - trainings, football and rugby matches, brigade parade at Crouy and moving to Saleux the 14th Nov for a train in direction of Epehy.
14th Bn - Two companies of the 14th Bn. were quartered in barns at Allonville. The buildings were bombed by the Germans, several soldiers were wounded and other died. Allonville - 31 May 1918.
15th Bn - Battalion billeted in Rainneville after a march from Ribemont from 2nd Jan 1917, at Vignacourt the 3th until the 13th Jan - Unit 57th to La Chaussée & 58th to St-Vaast.
16th Bn - Battalion billeted in Picquigny October early Nov 1918.
17th Bn - 5th Brigade - 8th November 1918 in Vignacourt, the peace was imminent. One of the streets in this village is called "General Martin ..."
18th Bn - Lieutenant Joseph Maxwell VC, was incorporated in the 18th Bn. The battalion has been performed near the Vignacourt Church, Nov 11th 1918.
19th Bn - Billeted in Vignacourt on 8th, 9th, 10th October 1918.
20th Bn - Private Alfred Binskin with a comrade went to the Church and climbed up to the steeple, and hoisted the French and Australian flags on 11th Nov 1918.
21st Bn - After the Mount-St-Quentin, the Bn move back to Cappy by marched on 5th Sept 1918 until the end of the month, for the resting of the troops.
22nd Bn - Arrived by train to Flesselles, the men were re-equipped - Flesselles From 1st Dec 1916 to Christmas.
23rd Bn - 6th brigade - Battalion arrived by train to Vignacourt on 1st Dec. and from there, they marched to Flesselles - 2 weeks training - Flesselles - Dec 1916
24th Bn - Hindebourg line and La Chaussée (Near Picquigny) 8th Oct 1918 to 25 Nov 1918. On Nov 11th 1918, in la Chaussée-Tirancourt.
On Nov 23th, 1918, they marched toward Vignacourt.
25th Bn - Trench system near Blangy Tronville from 20th July to 31th July 1918, tank training near Vaux-en-Amienois on 31th July 1918 .
29th Bn - Vignacourt - Nov 1916. Corporal James Douglas McDowall and Sergeant Robert Edward Charles both of the 29th Battalion. (Christmas 1917 was held at Desvres, 26 Dec snow fell all the day).
30th Bn - Rambures the 1st Nov for a demonstration for a Gaz officer. From the 1st to the 13th June 1918 on the Glisy area (Amiens South). Several soldiers lies in the cemetery as the Captain Arenal Pickering HEXT from Brisbane.
31st Bn - Desvres January 1918 - May 1918 Corbie sector, Church parade at Franvillers on 7th July, Querrieu 1st August 1918 and after Villers-Bretonneux.
32nd Bn - Desvres Dec 1917, Ramburelles 1st Nov 1918
43rd Bn - Cardonnette July 1918 Vaire-sous-Corbie August 1918 Clery-Sur-Somme Sept 1918, Ramburelles Dec 1918
51st Bn - Vignacourt - from 18th Dec 1916 to 2nd Jan 1917, Church parade 24 and 25 Dec and 31st Dec 1916,
52nd Bn - Training and tasks of back lines, Christmas and New year took place in Vignacourt - Dec 1916
53rd Bn - Front line and arrival on 31st July 1918 at Vaux-en-Amienois for billeting until the 4th August and marched near Querrieu.
54th BN - Saint-Vast 1st to 4th August 1918, Cardonette 5th August 1918, Daours 6th to 8th August 1918
55th Bn - Sailly-le-Sec on July 1918, after Vaux-sur-Somme on 28th July 1918, Fremont 31 July to 3rd August (HQ), and near Peronne on 1st Sept 1918.
56th Bn - Poullainville 1st August, Daours 7th August, Peronne 1st Sept 1918..
2nd Bn Auckland (NZEF), Picquigny 1916, Breilly, Corbie, Allery, cardonette.
1st Bn Otago regiment (NZEF), Longpre, Airaisnes Oct 1916
2nd Bn Otago regiment (NZEF), Longpre Oct 1916
Machine Gun Companies:
- 2nd MGC, in St-Léger, from 8th to 31st October 1918.
- 7th, 4th battery, 1st Div - Flers, and Vignacourt, from 1st to 18th Dec. 1916.
- 13th - Sailly-le-Sec on 29th March 1918, and Vignacourt.
- 1st Div Mechanical Transport Company - 6th August 1918 Ailly-sur-Somme, Longpre-les-Corps-Saints 30th Sept 1918
- 2nd Mechanical transport company - They passed through by other villages near Vignacourt: Flesselles, Ally-sur-Noye; Péronne, Bohain, Roisel, Poulainville, Tincourt (3rd AMT) ; But several divisions.... - 1918.
The Rising Sun Badge
The rising sun of the ANZAC Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The template of the badge used during the First World War below has been made in other versions for special ceremonies (modification of the roller inscription for example) and it has evolved over time.
The Canadian Corps was commanded by Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie.
Canadian Army Medical Corps - CAMC - Vignacourt and Crouy - summer 1918.
Canadian Railway Troop - CRT (12th) - Vignacourt, Etricourt 1918.
The Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (France 1915, Havernas 1916?)
The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (4th battery) - Place, date TBC
- 7th: A Brigade Church Parade was planned but it was cancelled due to the bad weather and Orders was given for a further move. Billeted to Berteaucourt-les-Dames From 13th to 15th Sept 1916
- 42nd: Billeted to Halloy-les-Pernois the night in Sept 1916, billeted to Herissart the night of 10th Sept 1916 and marched via Talmas, Canaples, Halloy-les-Pernois, to Berteaucourt-les-Dames billeted there for 3 days.
Marechal Foch, commander of the allied armies after the Doullens conference.
French soldiers also evoked this mud in the trenches making some sections impractical. The food distribution was complicated, the porters slide with the cooking pots full of food and the bread sometimes arrived in a sad state. The mud weighed down the equipment, some did not hesitate to cut the sides of their outfit to be more comfortable during the marches.
34th artillery regiment - billeting 1 month starting 17 June 1915 in the villages of Flesselles, Saint-Vast-en-Chaussée, Vaux-en-Amienois, Argoeuvres.
219 RAC - Field artillery regiment - by Ailly sur Somme, Saint-Vaast, Vignacourt, Canaples, billeting to Hem, Longuevilette - Avril 1918
116 RAL - Heavy artillery - Via Fourdrinoy, Vignacourt for East of Doullens, Ransart, From 12th Avril 1918 for 8 days.
120 RAL - 7th Battery 14th April 1918 at Vignacourt and days after Doullens.
320 RAL - Heavy artillery - Fourdrinoy, Picquigny, billeting to Vignacourt Avril 1918
A. L. V. F. (Artillerie lourde voie ferrée): Heavy artillery on railroad. Vignacourt.
- 2nd, Cie 17/52 - Picquigny, La Chaussée, Vignacourt April 1918
- 5th - Labour on the railroad with the Chinese. (Places and date to confirm)
- 7th, Cie 15/1, Domart-sur-la-Luce 1918
- 41st infantry regiment - One bn billeted at Domart-sur-La-Luce - April 1918 (Battle of Hangard-en-Santerre).
- 69th Infantry - Arrival at Naours on May 31, 1918, at 4 am. The same day, a departure of Flesselles at 8 pm, for a marched with the equipment on the back, arrival at 11 pm in Saint-Vaast-en-chaussée and billeting until June 3. Departure at 1am, marched via St-Sauveur, Ailly-sur-Somme, Saveuse and embarkation by train to Saleux at 7am, objective Mery in Oise sector.
- 126th Infantry - reorganisation & training, Naours 17th June to 19th July 1915.
- 329th Infantry - Organized the first trenches and repulsed violent attacks -
2086 casualties - Bray-sur-Somme Oct 1914 to April 1915.
- 3th colonial infantry - 1st Bn - Terrasmenil, Vignacourt, Plivot - July 1915
- 4th colonial infantry - Vignacourt - 1915
- 8th colonial infantry - Instructions - Vignacourt - 9 to 15 July 1915
- 21st Territorial Infantry - rest and training in Naours, From 6 to 21 Jan 1915.
- 130th Territorial Infantry - training - Allonville, 18 June to 5 July 1915.
- 2nd B.T.C.A. Territorial of Chasseurs Alpins, billeting 30 May 1918 in Havernas, 31th May in Argoeuvres, St-Sauveur, until 3rd June Prouzel.
- 4th B.T.C.A. Territorial of Chasseurs Alpins, from April 29 April to May 6, 1918, airfield maintenance in Vignacourt with Captain MOTTIN. The "Chasseurs Alpins" (Alpine Hunters, mountain infantry).
1st Cavalry Corps - Amiens region - July 1916
2nd Cavalry Corps - Amiens region - July 1916
1st Hussards regiment - The mission is to clarify and cover the infantry columns - Ailly-sur-Somme, Vignacourt, Canaples - April 1918 and again 17 to 22 Dec. 1918
2nd Hussards regiment - Grattepanche, Ailly-sur-Noye - March 31, 1918
12th Hussards regiment, Chiefs of Staff and 4 squadrons, billeted in Amiens, Longueau - Sept, Oct, 1919
- 2nd - Domart-en-Ponthieu and Candas - 1915 - General Chabaud.
- 4th - "The villagers will remember having seen near the railway station the platoons succeed one another in front of the photographer to preserve, with the last image of their horses, the memory ..." at Gournay-en-Bray in August 1916, "boarding" the August 20th, for Conty. The 1st cavalry division was incorporated to the 4th, with the Colonel de Galembert.
- 6th - Berteaucourt-les-Dames - April, May 1915 - Lieutenant Crolard.
- 8th, 9th DC (cavalry division) - Toward Amiens, the 10th May 1915 - Vignacourt, End June, July 1915 (Machine guns section "mitrailleuses", formed from the 16th Feb to 9 May 1915, Roye area) - According to the Colonel Léandri, commander of the 8th Cuirassier Regiment: "8th considered to be an elite regiment" March 1919.
- 12th - Domart-en-Ponthieu, Berteaucourt-les-Dames April to 5 May 1915 - Estrée-Wamin - and Auxi-le-château from 22 May to 16 June 1915.
- 5th Dragons regiment - Havernas - 29 May to 7th June and Long-le-catelet until 14 June and a second time from 22 June to 12 July 1915.
- 6th Dragons regiment - Canaples - June 1915
- 23rd Dragons regiment - Vignacourt & Halloy-les-Pernois - 11 au 28th May 1915. Montrelet and Fieffes - From 28th May to 15 June 1915, More 600 mens and more 700 horses on 31 May 1915. Riders: Petijean, Collier, Bertin, Fossat. Lieutenant 2nd: Ciekomski, Marshal of Logis: Chamont.
- 30th Dragons - Hangest-en-Santerre & Moreuil - 26th March to 4 April 1918.
- Squadron SAL 24 (heavy artillery) - Vignacourt - 1918
- Squadron SAL 207 - Moreuil 15 May to end June 1916, Lieutenant De Monclin.
- Squadron SOP 36 - Vignacourt - 1918
- Squadron SOP 235 - Fienvillers 21 March 1918.
- Squadron SOP 279 - Vignacourt - 1918
- Squadron train 9th: from August 29 to September 25, 1915, various convoys are posted in different places such as Doullens, Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux, Havernas.
- Squadron train 12th: from 18 June to 18 July 1915 in Flesselles, rest, supplies, the 24th Cie is billeted in Candas from 18 april to 5 June 1918 (Supplies army).
- Squadron train 13th: They were to supply the trains, 21st Cie, Capt. Chalard, From April 13 to May 3, 1918, they moved to Saint-Germer (Oise) Fresnoy-au-Val, Vignacourt, Candas during this period. Then Châlons-sur-Marne (The harvest and transport of food for the civilian population in the Marne). It was a convoy by road with horses for some companies.
Credit photo website: Vaux-en-Amienois www.vaux-en-amienois.net
Douglas Haig, General, the British commander on the Western Front. He has been part of the Doullens Conference on March 26th, 1918.
English soldiers also mentioned this sticky mud, seeping everywhere in equipment, clothing, and trenches. At every step, and in every moment, this mud requires additional effort.
Royal field artillery
Royal Engineers in Vignacourt
Essex Yeomanry - Picquigny, Havernas, Naours and HQ to Vignacourt - Dec 1917
- Squadrons N°: 8, 20, 54, 80, 151 Royal Air Force - Vignacourt - 1918
- 9 Squadron RAF operating from Flesselles on 4th, July 1918
- 29 squaron RAF posted in Vignacourt, early June 1918
- other units of RAF to Poulainville. (next to Bertangles, info regiment).
- 41 Squadron RAF - Fienvillers - Arrival 27 Mar 1918.
- 151 Squadron RAF - Vignacourt, 8 Sept to 24 Oct 1918
- 201 Squadron RAF - Fienvillers, 28 March to 12 April 1918 and Poullainville &
Allonville (Surrounded on three sides by a woodland) 6th to 14th August 1918.
- 19, 27, 70 Squadrons of 9th Wing Royal Flying Corps based in Fienvillers.
- other units of Royal Flying Corps RFC to Poulainville aerodrome. (Bertangles).
British West Indies regiment - Amiens, Albert road 1916.
Durham Light Infantry - Vignacourt
15th Bn - Intensive training, Fienvillers, Flesselles 1917
16th Bn - Railway work - Chaulnes, Nesle 1917
1/5th Battalion - near Flesselles - July 1915
- 1st, Entrained at Mericourt for Candas. From 23th August to 6th Oct, year TBC.
- 2nd - Ailly sur Somme, Vignacourt (train), Mericourt.
King's Liverpool regiments:
- 17th - billeting at Fremont, Vaux - villages nearest Vignacourt - side railroad.
- 18th - Vaux-en-Amienois. 1916 (March)
- 19th - billeting at Fremont, Vaux.
- 21st - billeted in the Vignacourt area. 1916. (September)
1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire - Candas, Flesselles
11th East Lancashire - marched via Longpré, Vignacourt.
Lucknow Brigade with Irish soldiers (infantry brigade of the British Army):
- Saint-Léger village located at 4 mi from Vignacourt. Veterinary: M. Goodridge.
London Irish Rifles:
Units via Havernas and billeted in Flesselles - 21st to 23rd August 1916
- 17th Bn - Domqueur and after Vignacourt, at Bertangles - 1 night - Nov 1915.
- 18th Bn - 29th Nov to 6th Dec 1915 - Training and wood cutting in Canaples,
From 17th Dec to 6th Jan 1916 in Canaples once more, Christmas time,
Battalion (3rd city) From 1st April to 1st May 1916, Bn billeted to Picquigny.
- 23th Bn - Naours - 8th Feb to 16th Feb 1917.
- other units in Flesselles.
- 1st Bn - Flesselles
- 6th Bn - near Flesselles - July 1915 - Alfred Charles Dawes is buried in the British cemetery (August 1918).
Royal Irish Fusiliers:
- Bn in the in the vicinity.
Royal Scots Fusiliers:
- 1st Bn: Candas, Flesselles, Vaux-sur-Somme,
- 6th, 7th Bn: Prouville, Vignacourt.
- Division under the command of Captain SJ Platt - 1915
Royal Sussex regiments:
- Bn in the in the vicinity.
- 14th Battalion - Vignacourt, Pont-Noyelles - End 1915 (3 days).
- 15th Battalion - Vignacourt, Coisy - End 1915 (a few days).
Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.)
- 1/8th Bn: Move by motor 'buses to Candas. Training and work for railway lines. From 21th Feb to 5th March 1916. The weather is very cold with snowstorms, march via Doullens on 6th March 1916 a snowy day.
- 15 th Bn: Plain of Santerre Feb 1917, 7th Feb Candas, 8th Feb St Vaast en Chaussée (billeting and training) until the 18th for a march to Flesselles for a train to Marcelcave.
- 1st Bn: Vaux-en-Amienois, Entrained at Vignacourt for Méricourt.
- 2nd Bn: Entrained at Mericourt-l'Abbé for Saleux, Belloy, Vignacourt, Fienvillers.
36th Ulster division with Irish soldiers (infantry brigade of the British Army) - From 5 to 9th Oct 1915, Flesseles - Domart, Canaples, work on the Railway, cutting trees, digging of the trenches and Thiepval with the Thiepval Ulster Tower dedicated to Northern Ireland soldiers.. (suckling Pigs were bought from farmers for Christmas). Dec 1915 to Jan 1916
North Irish Horse - 1919
- 1st Bn - West Yorkshire regiment - Vignacourt End August 1916
- 2nd Bn - West Yorkshire regiment - Saint-Vaast - March 1915
- 6th Bn - West Yorkshire regiment - Steel helmets were give out - training near the forest and a few soldiers help new railway sidings in Vignacourt - 1915.
- 23rd Bn - West Yorkshire regiment - Bourdon - March 1915.
- 25th Bn - West Yorkshire regiment - Flesselles - March 1915.
- 70th Bn - West Yorkshire regiment - Vignacourt - March 1915.
- Units West Yorkshire regiment in Naours, Havernas, St-Ouen Pernois valley, (training, manoeuvres exercises and sometimes a few damages in the crops).
- Bn East Yorkshire Regiment - Vignacourt.
- 1st: Longueau, marched through Amiens, and billets at St-Sauveur.
- 4th: marching from Vignacourt to Beauval, and marched on again to Doullens.
- 11th: Billeting and training in Vaux-en-Amienois from 22 Oct to 1st Nov 1915.
- other units billets in Saint-Riquier, Flesselles, Villers-Bocage.
- 28th Infantry Regiment United States - Cantigny - 1918 and other units.
- 17th American Aero Squadron - Fienvillers, Bertangles March 1918 -
Auxi-le-Château August 1918 (A few days, not every month).
- 148th American Aero Squadron - Remaisnil - Sept 1918.
Chinese Labour Corps - Vignacourt and Vaux-en-Amienois, Fremont. They worked on the railroad and dug trenches.
Indians Labour Corps - Vignacourt - Kkongji PYRTON Indian Labour corps - 34th Khasi coy, is buried in the military cemetery.
Indians soldiers (Maybe 9th Hodson's Horse) - camp near Querrieu 15 mi from Vignacourt - July 1916
Moroccan Rifle regiment - Vignacourt
Senegal, Sundan - They've doubled Amiens Canaples rails with territorial regiments. 1915 - 1916.