Extract from 16 Battalion West Yorks War Diary 1 July 1916
 
The Battalion left Colincamps about 10.10 pm Friday night, June 30th and went up to the trenches via Southern Avenue . Until arriving at Sackville Street the casualties were very slight, on leaving Sackville Street, by the various communication trenches we lost more men. We arrived at our position in the assembly trenches between 2.30 and 3.0 am
 
When we got in position between 2.30 and 3 am the enemy were shelling our position of the line heavily.  From the time lapsing between the Battalion entering the Assembly trenches up to Zero, the Battalion lost very few men.  Five minutes before 7.25 the enemy Machine Gun, Rifle Fire and Shrapnel were directed against the parapet of our Assembly trench – the Southern half of Bradford trench – causing us to suffer considerably.  A lot of men never got off the ladder but fell back from the parapet in getting over.
 
On getting out of the trenches to take up our position in front, we lost heavily through the line of shrapnel, machine gun fire and rapid rifle fire; by the time we attained our position in front of Bradford Trench most of the Officers, NCO’s and many men were knocked out.
 
At Zero we advanced and continued to advance until the Company Headquarters with which I was, found ourselves in front of the Battalion – all in front having been hit. We found ourselves then half way between “Leeds” and the front line. At this point I continued the advance – Capt Smith having been knocked out – and I carried on until we got to the front line.
 
In our advance we passed the majority of “A” Company half way between ”Leeds”  trench and the front line, lying on the ground killed or wounded.  I found in the front line, a good many of the 15th West Yorks, what was left of the D.L.I. Co attached to us, also a few of the KOYLI.  I found no Officers or NCO’s of any of the above Regiments, or of my own Regiment.  The order came to ”ease off to the left” – I proceeded to do this and found Lt Jowett, of my Regiment, who ordered me to try to collect and organize the few men who were left, with a view to advancing again. At this moment, the enemy started shelling our front line, very heavily, with shrapnel and High Explosive – this would be nearly one hour after zero, but of course, I cannot give correct time.
 
Within a very short time, all the men we had collected were knocked out – including Mr Jowett who gave me instructions to make my way to Brigade Headquarters and report that there were no men left. He told me that he had already sent back to Battalion Headquarters 3 or 4 time, but without success.  This would all be about one hour to an hour and a half after zero, and I could make out that some of our men were then advancing towards the enemy lines and must have been quite close up to the German parapets, as I saw some of the Germans show themselves over the parapet shoot at, and throw bombs at, what must have been some of our men still advancing.

I made my way to what I took to be Brigade Headquarters, as I saw a notice board to that effect, but it turned out to be the 94th Brigade who telephoned my information to the Division and also gave me orders to proceed to the 93rd Brigade Headquarters.  This took some time, and on getting to Sackville Street, I was ordered, with the others to line that trench with a view to quelling a German counter attack which had just started.  As soon the necessity for this was over, I reported myself to the 93rd Brigade Headquarters, who told me that what was left of the 16th West Yorks were being collected in Sackville Street, and was to return there and look after them.

In the day – somewhere between 3 and 4 in the afternoon – I was ordered to Legend Street, near Brigade Headquarters. After two hours I was ordered to take the 16th down to “Dunmow” trench, which I did.
 
During the wait at Brigade Headquarters I took the names and numbers of the men of the regiment, that I had with me – about 50 in all.  Just as I was going down to Dunmow Trench, first re-inforcements, in the form of Officers and N.C.O.’s  arrived.   Until the arrival of these
re-inforcements, I had no N.C.O. above the rank of Lance Corporal.
 
Statement by SERGEANT-MAJOR CUSSINS.
July 1916

Bradford Pals Poem
 James Rhodes Akam Lt. 18 West Yorks. Commissioned 15/3/1915.
Killed in Action 1/7/1916. Formerly 16/631 – 16 Bn West Yorks
16/1344 Lawrence Rice
Killed in Action 1/7/1916
Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps
There are 2 Officers and 17 Men of the 16th Battalion and 2 Officers and 21 Men of the 18th Battalion buried in this Cemetery. The vast majority of them were killed on 1 July 1916.
 16/736 Benajmin Balme
Killed in Action 1/7/1916
The Thiepval Memorial

The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.
 
There are 1750 Officers and Men of the West Yorkshire Regiment commemorated on the Memorial and of those there are 127 men bearing 16/ and 93 men with 18/ Regimental Numbers.  
 
There are also 7 Officers of 16th Bn and 6 Officers of 18th Bn. commemorated. The officers include the Commanding Officers of the two Bradford Pals Battalions.   Lt Col. Maurice Nichol KENNARD who was the Commanding Officer of the 18th Bn on the morning of the 1/7/1916 and was killed leading his men into action.  Lt Col. George Sutherland GUYON is shown as 2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers commanding 16th Bn West Yorks.  The 16 Bn War diary records that Lt. Col Guyon was shot through the temple as he was preparing to lead the Battalion attack on the morning of 1/7/1916.  

 
 Lt Col. George Sutherland GUYON Commanding Officer
16th West Yorks.
Killed in Action 1/7/1916
 Lt Col. Maurice Nichol KENNARD Commanding Officer
18th West Yorks.
Killed in Action 1/7/1916