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



1st August 1915

On this day:


  • 23rd Manchesters move to Salisbury Plain   23rd Manchesters move to Salisbury Plain in August 1915 from Masham to prepare for active service.

  • HMEF Watford opens.   H.M. Explosive Factory Watford, Hertfordshire started in August 1915 for the production of Ammonal, amatol, smoke powder & experimental work. First output was December 1915. It was under the control of the Board of Management.

  • NSF Barnsley (no. 1) Dominion Works opens.   National Shell Factory Barnsley (no. 1), Dominion Works, Yorkshire started on August 1915, for teh production of 4.5 inch shell. First output was January 1916. It was under the control of the Board of Management.

  • NSF Victoria Street, Grimsby opens.   National Shell Factory Victoria Street, Grimbsy, Lincolnshire opened in August 1915, for the production of 4.5-in and 6-in shell. First output was December 1915. It was under the control of the Board of Management.

  • NSF Tramway Depot, Chester opens   National Shell Factory Tramway Depot, Chester opened in August 1915 for the production of 18-pdr. and 2.75-in. shell. It was under the control of the Board of Management.

  • NPF Birtley opens.   National Projectile Factory Birtley, Durham was started in August 1915. First output was July 1916, producing 4-in. 4.5-in, 60-pdr, 6-in, 8-in shell. It was under the control of the Belgian Government and workers were also Belgian.

  • NPF Waddam's pool opens.   National Projectile Factory Waddam's Pool, Dudley, Worcestershire started up in August 1915, for the production of 18-pdr., 60-pdr., 6-in., 8-in. shell, and proof shot. First output was early 1916. It was under the control of Bean & Son

  • NPF Mossend, Glasgow starts.   National Projectile Factory Mossend, Glasgow, Lanarkshire started up on August 1915 for the forging of Shell. First output was early 1916. It was under the control of Beardmore Ltd.

  • NPF Grant's Mill, Glasgow starts.   National Projectile Factory Grant's Mill, Mile End, Glasgow, Lanarkshire started up in August 1915. First output was March 1916 of 18-pdr., 60-pdr., and 6-in. shell. It was under the control of Beardmore Ltd.

  • NPF Cardonald, Paisley starts.   National Projectile Factory Cardonald, Paisley, Glasgow, Lanarkshire started up on August 1915. First output was March 1916 producing 18-pdr., 6-in., and 8-in. shell. The factory undertook gun repair in 1917. It was under the control of Beardmore Ltd.

  • NPF Lancaster starts.   National Projectile Factory Lancaster started up in August 1915. First output was March 1916, producing 60-pdr., 6-in., 8-in., and 9.3-in. shell, adding gun repair and trench warfare work in 1917. It was under the control of Vickers Ltd.

  • NFF Long Eaton opens.   National Filling Factory Long Eaton, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, started up in August 1915. First output was January 1916, filling 4.5 in. to 15-in. shell. It was under the control of Direct Control.

  • NFF Willesden Lane, Perivale opens.   National Filling Factory Willesden Lane, Perivale, London started up in August 1915. Engaged in filling shell components and experimental work. First output was December 1915. It was under the control of the Metropolitan Munitions Committee Direct Control.

  • NFF White Lund, Morecambe opens.   National Filling Factory White Lund, Morecambe, Lancashire started up in August 1915, filling 60-pdr., 6-in., 8-in., 9.2-in. and 12-in. shell. First output was Summer 1916. It was under the control of Vickers Ltd.

  • NFF Sumner Street, Southwark opens.   National Filling Factory Sumner Street, Southwark, London started up in August 1915, filling shell components, First output was September 1915. In 1918 he factory was employed inspecting protective clothing. It was under the control of Direct Control.

  • NSF Newlay opens   National Shell Factory Newlay, Leeds, West Yorkshire started up in August 1915. First output of 9.2-in and 15-in shell was April 1916. It was under the control of the Board of Management. There was also a National Projectile Factory and a National Ordinance Factory on the site.

  • NPF Newlay opens.   National Projectile Factory Newlay, Leeds, West Yorkshire started up in August 1915. First output of 9.2-in and 15-in shell was April 1916. It was under the control of the Board of Management. There was also a National Shell Factory and a National Ordinance Factory on the site.

  • NOF Newlay opens.   National Ordinance Factory Newlay, Leeds, West Yorkshire started up in August 1915. First output of 9.2-in and 15-in shell was April 1916. It was under the control of the Board of Management. There was also a National Shell Factory and a National Projectile Factory on the site.

  • NPF Kings Meadow Road, Nottingham opens.   National Projectile Factory King's Meadow Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire started up on August 1915. First output was March 1916 of 6-in., and 9.2-in. shell. In 1917 and 18 it was also used for the production of and repairing 18-pdr. guns. It was under the control of Cammell Laud. There was also a National Ordnance Factory on site.

  • NOF King's Meadow Road, Nottingham opens.   National Ordnance Factory King's Meadow Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire started up on August 1915. First output was March 1916 of 6-in., and 9.2-in. shell. In 1917 and 18 it was also used for the production of and repairing 18-pdr. guns. It was under the control of Cammell Laud. There was also a National Projectile Factory on site.

  • 2nd Royal Fusiliers attack H12   The 2nd Battalion Royal Fusilers attack the Turks at H12 from the 1st to the 5th of August,

  • 1st Aug 1915 Rather a nice Souvenir

  • Unit Move and Inspection   The 6th London Brigade RFA is now complete at Gosnay (Chateau des Dames). A series of inspections is about to be embarked on - horses, kit, harness wagon are all being inspected by OC. Field Units. The guns of the Brigade were inspected by the Inspector of Munitions. W Corps who made a satisfactory report.

  • Training and recreation   16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.

    The Downs were fully utilised for Divisional training exercises with the Pioneers acting as the enemy in day and night exercises of increasing intensity. Sport and training courses were also intensified in final preparation for the move to the Front.

    There was a meeting of the Pioneerís Masonic Lodge No. 420 which had been granted a travelling warrant at its inaugural constitution in Lurgan Masonic Hall.

    There was also a visit by Sir Edward and Lady Carson on the 3rd August at which everything was declared to be in good order.

    The Battalionís stay on the Downs came to an end as an advance party moved to Borden on the 31st August and an advance Divisional Command Group including General Nugent and Colonel Leader paid a short familiarisation visit to France.

  • Wearside Pals train in Wensleydale   20th Battalion DLI are training at a tented camp in Wensleydale from August until October when they moved to Barnard Castle.

  • 1st August 1915 Church Parade

  • HMS Redoubtable formerly Revenge (1894)   HMS Redoubtable (1915 to 1919) formerly HMS Revenge (1894) Royal Sovereign class pre-dreadnought battleship. Only survivor of its class during WW1.

    It was renamed as a new Revenge (ship and class of dreadnoughts) was about to be commissioned (see Revenge (1915)).

    Full details are listed under HMS Revenge.(keycode reveng1). The new Revenge is listed as HMS Revenge(1915) (keycode reveng2)

  •    In early August 1915 the Battalion were issued with steel helmets. this was a new invention at the time and would help prevent many head injuries

  • Reserve position   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    In reserve with 5th Cavalry Brigade near Noordpeene.

    1st to 3rd August - in reserve 3/4 mile SE of Noordpeene.

  • 1st Aug 1915 19th Seige Bty RGA witness destruction

  • 5th Royal Irish Regiment land Gallipolli   5th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipolli.

  • Aug 1915 Officers at Whitley Camp

  • 1st Aug 1915 Cargo Ships Lost

  • 1st Aug 1915 Ships Sunk

  • 1st Aug 1915 Fokker Scourge begins

  • 1st Aug 1915 7th Northumberlands into Trenches

  • 1st Aug 1915 Snipers Pose Threat

  • 1st Aug 1915 5th Lincs Relieved by 4th Leics

  • 1st Aug 1915 Battalion to be Re-established

  • 1st Aug 1915 Reliefs Completed

  • 1st Aug 1915 Relief

  • 1st Aug 1915 In Reserve

  • Sept.1915 





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  • Rflmn. Thomas Hayden. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 8th Battalion
  • Capt. Nicholas Mosley. North Staffordshire Regiment Read their Story.
  • Tpr. Edgar Roy Standford. 1st Light Horse Regiment Read their Story.

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    A draft of the DCLI leaving for the Front August 1915
    A draft of the DCLI leaving for the Front August 1915

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    Officers of the 4/8th Middlesex Regiment
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