This is a rare find Canadian Soldiers of the 2nd Division battle damaged waterbottle dated 1914 and maker marked clear to see on the bottom with impact holes and shrapnel hits. The aluminium made bottle has no holes other then the battle damage but has ripped and bent by the force of the hits it is missing its top it is still very solid it is in very nice condition well cleaned and retains a lot of original colour it is perfect for display or any collection. The bottle was recovered from the field where Red Chateau used to stand in the village of Courcelette which was captured in September 1916 on the Somme battlefield. This bottle was recovered many years ago and has been in a private collection ever since now available and comes with a A5 laminated information card
The village of Courcelette were the scene of very heavy fighting in September 1916. On the 15th, the village was included in the extreme left of the Allied attack and was taken by the 2nd Canadian Division supported by tanks, with the 4th and 6th Brigades storming the outer trenches and the sugar factory, and the 5th Brigade seizing the village. It was destroyed by German artillery after its capture and remained very close to the front line until the German retreat in the following spring.
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