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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

1st April 1915

On this day:

  • 1st Bn Herts marched into billets at Bethune   The Post Office H.Q. came up and another company took over our trenches. No.1 Company marched into billets at Bethune. Two machine guns relieved by the Post Office Rifles.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

  • Int. Report for March 1915 Intelligence Report   6th County of London Brigade RFA Intelligence Summary by Lt Colonel R J Machugh for March 1915:

    From March 1st to March 16th, the Brigade was chiefly occupied in completing preparations for moving from War Station at Hemel Hempstead to join the Expeditionary Force in France. The Brigade moved on 15th to 17th March to Le Havre via Southampton. No casualties occurred to personnel on the journey. Four horses were injured on the train journey and one left behind at the point of embarkation. Two of these, the Adjutant's chargers, are to be sent on to rejoin the Brigade and a Driver was left in charge of the animals for this purpose, with instructions to bring them on to France when recovered.

    The move to France was carried out without incident and at the end of the month the Brigade was in billets at Lapugnoy. Between March 25th and April 1st all officers, with two exceptions, had experience in the Firing Line, having been attached to RFA Brigades in the 1st and 2nd Division. Much useful information was gained by these officers.

    The Medical, Veterinary, Supply and Transport Services were satisfactory during the month both during the period in England and in France. Signed R J Machugh Lt Col, 6th London Bde. RFA Thursday April 1st 1915. Lapugnoy, France.

    War Diaries

  • GOCRA Conference   6th County of London Brigade RFA report all officers who were attached to the Regular Batteries at the Firing Line were recalled with the exception of the OC. Batteries and their senior subalterns. The OC. Brigade and Adjutant attended a conference at the GOCRA’s Headquarters, Chateau de Monte Evente. Capt C H Welch RAMC, Medical Officer to this Brigade, contracted measles and was removed to a local Field Ambulance Unit.

    War Diaries

  • Recruitment and Training   

    Bridge training work near Lurgan County Armagh

    16th Btn Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers

    Major Leader was promoted to Lt.Colonel.

    Recruitment resulted in Battalion strength of 971 on the 17th April 1915. Other houses in Wellington Street were acquired for accommodation purposes as Brownlow House capacity was reached.

    Training continued in areas demanding greater stamina in general field-craft exercises involving units in offensive and defensive roles. This included some larger scale exercises with the Ulster Division as a whole. The whole Battalion took part in route march to Portadown on the 3rd April.

    Road Works. Continuing work in County and District areas including drainage and sewer systems together with building and construction works.

    Railway Work 2 officers and 20 other ranks helped the Great Northern Railway when a stretch of about a mile of track was re-laid between Dromore and Hillsborough. 3rd April - 2 officers and 5 men went to Stewartstown for a Railway Engineers Course. 10th April - attended railway bridges installations at Adelaide and Windsor. 17th April – 2 officers and 18 men sent to Crumlin for railway bridge building.

    Doran Family

  • 13th Rifles move to Andover   13th Rifle Brigade moved from billets in High Wycombe to Andover in April 1915 and transferred to 111th Brigade, 37th Division.

  • 1st April 1915 Tactical Toures

  • Continued collection of wounded   The 19th Field Ambulance continues to collect sick and wounded from the line of the 19th Infantry Brigade, in the section of trenches between Rue du Bois and Touquet.

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys

  • Reserve position   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    With 5th Cavalry Brigade in Reserve near Vieux-Berquin. 1st April to 22nd April in billets half a mile west of Vieux-Berquin in the Rue du Bois.

    war diaries

  • 1st April 1915 Training and relief spells

  • Actions 1915 to 1916   2nd Bavarian Division part of 1st Bavarian Corps and German 6th Army

    1915 Artois.

    In April 1915, the division was reduced to three regiments through the cession of the 3rd Infantry to the 11th Bavarian Division. Between the l0th and 15th of October 1915, the 2nd Bavarian Division was placed on the Artois front in the Neuville-Souchez sector.

    About the 20th of December it was in the line at Bailleul-Sire-Berthoult between the western part of the Lille road and the Arras road. It remained there until the beginning of May 1916.

    1916 Verdun.

    At this date it was relieved and transported to Verdun. It participated in the violent battles which took place there in May and June in the vicinity of Douaumont and suffered serious losses (50 per cent of its personnel). It was reconstituted in June in the district of Merke-Romagne-sur-les-Cotes (reinforcement of from 50 to 100 men per company), and went back to the line near Thiaumont. It suffered serious losses in the attack of June 23 (the companies of the 12th Bavarian Regiment were reduced to about 40 men).


    The 2nd Bavarian Division was withdrawn from this zone of combat about the 15th of July and was sent to the Apremont-St. Mihiel sector, where it was reconstituted. It received numerous reinforcements(convalescents and class of 16 men). During this period, which extends up to October 15th, it did not take part in any serious operation.


    At the end of October it was transported to the Somme (Sailly-Saillisel sector), where it was again put to a severe test. After staying a month in the Somme district it reoccupied the lines in the St. Mihiel sector at the beginning of December.

    Historical Records

  • 1st Apr 1915 17th General Hospital recv orders

  • 1st Apr 1915 17th General Hospital recv orders

  • 8th Lincolns on the move   8th Lincolnshire Regiment returned to Halton Park.

    Info from Find my past.

  • 1st Apr 1915 Baths

  • 1st Apr 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 1st Apr 1915 Curious Things

  • 1st Apr 1915 On the March

  • 1st Apr 1915 Lit Candles in the Square

  • 1st Apr 1915 Patients Arrive

  • 1st Apr 1915 Orders Issued

  • 1st of April 1915 Training

  • 2nd April 1915 9th Lancers train

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  • Col.Sgt. Frederick Charles Lake. Norfolk Regiment 1st Btn., Attchd. Gold Coast Regiment, WAFF Read their Story.

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