White City', located near Beaumont Hamel on the Somme, 1916.

White City’, located near Beaumont Hamel on the Somme, earned its name from the white chalk banks its trenches were cut from. On 1 July 1916 a huge mine packed with 18 tons of explosive was detonated under the German front line on Hawthorn Ridge, located directly in front of ‘White City’. From an album of 19 official photographs of the Middlesex Regiment. Photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1916. Album of 19 official photographs of the 1st, 1/7th, 16th, and the 25th Bns of the Middlesex Regiment, mainly associated with the Western Front, World War One, 1914-1918. Showing the 1st Bn resting near Cassel 1918, the Bn Headquarters during an attack Meteran 1918, the Bn post at Meteran, officers attending a wounded runner, holding a street barricade at Bailleul 1918 and officers at Cassel, 1918. Including photographs of the camp and operations against Senussi associated with 1/7th Bn, 1916 and the 16th Bn retiring during the Battle of the Aisne (possibly 3rd Aisne in 1918 not 1st Aisne in 1914, since the battalion only arrived in France in November 1915) and parading for attack on Beaumont Hamel, Jul 1916.The album also includes photographs of the 25th Bn in training 1915, the No 1 Special Coy band in North Russia and an unidentified Bn marching through Achiet-le-Petit, Battle of St Quentin and the first line transport struck by shrapnel, Battle of Marne 1914.