At the time of the start to our units trench improvement program, 'Plymouth Way', the home of our neighbouring British unit... the RMLI (Royal Marine Light Infantry)... was (like our own)... as basic a trench as one can get.
Our planned improvements would eventually encroach upon the neighbouring firebay, so it was agreed that we would help out.. and develop their section as well when the time came.
At left can be seen the initial planning which was carried out prior to starting the first stage of our own sections development. This particular section would include the 'Trench Gate'.
Over the next few months, the various stages to our trench improvements were put in place. They seemed to flow as would a wave coming up onto the beach.
With the 'Trench Gate' in place, 'Hyde Park Corner', and 'Boom Alley' now complete, it was time to let that wave flow into the neighbouring firebay.
Once again, plans were drawn up, and a system of work for the various stages agreed upon.
At left... here , the firebay linked to the next firebay on the left (via a treverse), and the entrance to 'Kaiser Walk', our main functional communication trench.
With the rear of the trench already being partially revetted, our main task was the parapet face. That was taken back about a foot. The above two pics show (left) the support structure going in prior to the revetting taking place, and (right) the finished revetting.
The above two pics show the far end of the firebay, with (left) the support structure being put in place, and (right) the finished revetement.
This stage of the work was closed off by re-building the sandbagging on the parapet, then putting in place a continuation of our barbed wire entanglements.
Sadley, before the next stage of the trench improvements could be carried out, which would have been the continuation of the revetting to the traverse... the site was closed down prior to the owner selling the land.