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Edward Carson visits front to see major Allied drive in Ypres region
Edward Carson at the front Photo: Imperial War Museum

Edward Carson visits front to see major Allied drive in Ypres region

Ypres, 21 September 1917 - British troops have seized positions of considerable military significance during a major advance near Ypres, according to Press Association reports.

The allied onslaught commenced in the early hours of yesterday morning along a front of about eight miles between the Ypres-Comines canal and the Ypres-Staden railway. Among those to witness the preliminary stages of the bombardment of German positions was Sir Edward Carson MP. He was visiting the front as a guest of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig.

As well as seeing the Messines Ridge and Vimy Ridge, Carson was afforded the opportunity to visit the site of last year’s battle at the Somme, where he took a keen interest in the ground over which the Ulster Division launched their historic attack on 1 July 1916.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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