A photograph of the Bell Tower and Square at Bèthune, the town at which the Heavies arrived by train around 10am on 16 April 1916. After a quick detrainment they set off south to the village of Houchin about 8 kms away, arriving there in the early evening. During the next 13 months the Heavies were in action in the vicinity of Bèthune, mostly to the south of the town but for one week in July 1916 about 15 kms to the north west.
Walter Wright records "very occasional outings to Bethune for the day, with its accompanying and unaccustomed luxuries, such as real French pastries, eggs and chips, the baths, and last but not least the walk back in the evening."Return