Havrincourt 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division

Historical Information

1918: Havrincourt was lost again on 23rd March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive.

 

On the 12th September 1918 Byng’s Third Army was once again in a position to strike against the Hindenburg Line (which ran through the village). He chose to put the 62nd Division back into the line in honour of their previous success.

 

The village was retaken and Byng considered the victory a turning point, though by no means easy, the advance from there on seemed to be come up against defenders who had lost heart.

 

The memorial was unveiled in 1922. At the top you will see a Pelican which was the Divisional emblem.