The 1st July 1916 was the first day on the Somme where nine corps of the French Sixth Army, the British attacked German army from Foucaucourt south of the Somme northwards to Serre, north of the Ancre and at Gommecourt. The objective of the attack was to capture the German first and second positions from Serre south to the Albert–Bapaume road and the first position from the road south to Foucaucourt. The attack by the British forces at 7:30am began an attack against a German trench line which was supposed to have been destroyed. The first day of the battle was the worst day in the history of the British Army with over 29,000 people killed and many more wounded. Many of those who survived were changed forever – as was the world, and Britain's understanding of itself.
The British 30th Division was a New Army division that was originally made up of battalions raised by public subscription or private patronage. The division was taken over by the British War Office in August 1915 and moved to France in December. It served on the Western Front for the duration of the First World War. On the first day of the Somme. Their journey taken on that day is the basis for the project 30th Division.
The work 30th Division was created within the same landscape as the troops would have taken and follows a singular and direct road through the landscape. The area that 30th Division took was Hardecourt-aux-Bois; a road that separates Maricourt to Guillemont. Taken on the 1st July 2016, one-hundred years after the battle, on German ADOX CMS20 film stock, the work is a homage to the sacrifice and suffering that occurred within that space and uses the subtle collision and divisions within the landscapes as a metaphor for that day.