Born Fighters: who were the Tunnellers?

My paper to the conference ‘The Great War Underground’ held at the National Army Museum on 2 November 2013. It draws on research into members of 179th and 185th Tunnelling Companies at La Boisselle 1915-1916. Most of the photographs have been kindly supplied by descendants who also provided me with diaries, letters, memoirs and personal reminiscences.  My book on tunnelling at La Boisselle has been a long-term research project for many years (see links to articles below).

Join me on a battlefield tour with The Cultural Experience:


Tunnellers 4th – 7th June 2021

Walking the Somme Spring 2022

Medics & Padres 30th July – 2nd August 2020

Walking Ypres Autumn 2021

War Poets Summer 2021

British and German mine systems at La Boisselle. (c) GoogleEarth and Simon Jones

The Story of Lochnagar Crater


Joe & Tom: Shirebrook Miners in the Tunnellers


Virtual Tour of La Boisselle Trenches and Tunnels

Men of 179th and 185th Tunnelling Companies, Royal Engineers

Somme Duds crop

2018 Battlefield Tours

Learn more about the exploration and archaeology of the trenches and tunnels at La Boisselle for which I am principal historian visit the La Boisselle Study Group website.

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