battle of Aubers Ridge began on 9 May 1915 when the
First British Army made a two-pronged attack on the
German line that ran from just south of Neuve Chapelle
to Bois Grenier some three miles north of Fromelles.
0500 hours six hundred artillery weapons opened fire
followed forty minutes later by an infantry advance.
The southern prong consisting of the Indian and 1
Corps aimed towards Aubers Ridge while that of IV
Corps, 6,000 yards to the north, headed for Fromelles
barrage had been inaccurate and short of shells, the
German wire had not been cut and no small-arms supporting
fire had been arranged for the advance. Little or
no progress was made and by 0300 hours the following
morning all of the British troops were back where
they had started and nearly 12,000 officers
and men were casualties.