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1st December 1918On this day:
- December 1918
- Peace at Work 16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.
Educational and recreational activities commenced in November continued into December. There were several teachers amongst the Battalions personnel whose services were utilised to assist in providing English, Mathematics and Arithmetic classes. Captain Pearson took over as Education Officer. By the 9th December two elementary and one advanced class in French were introduced. Attendance grew from about 40 initially to 80.
There were two significant ceremonial parades at Divisional level which the Pioneers attended. On the 6th December at Halluin Aerodrome a Divisional ceremonial parade was held and at 1100 on the 16th December a further parade with inspection by the General Officer Commanding XV Corps which was the last recorded divisional event in the war diaries. Unfortunately the weather was at its worst but the men could retire to reasonable comfortable surroundings after the parade.
Sanitary arrangements were improved and an issue of individual German beds was implemented although it took about two weeks to assemble and distribute to all ranks. This was completed on 17th December with all ranks being described as comfortably accommodated.
Christmas was exceptionally well planned, with aid from Divisional sources providing turkeys and all the trimmings which were excellently prepared, while most other units had little but bully beef to celebrate the festive season. Some of the men missed this treat but they were even happier as they had been sent home on demobilization in time for Christmas.
After Christmas the educational classes were moved to a vacant local school where much better teaching aids were available.
1st December Officers 35 ORs 948
31st December Officers 35 ORs 906
- Royal Irish Fusiliers losses stand at 3572 During the war the whole Royal Irish Fusiliers, suffered 3572 deaths of which over 200 were 7th Battalion and a further 154 from the combined 7/8th Battalion.
- Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Luingne. Reference Sheet 1/40,000 Belgium and France 28 & 29.
1000. Photos were taken of Officers and Regimental Football (Association) Team. Usual services were held at Cinema and Mass at Roman Catholic Chapel Luinge. Battalion defeated 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers by six goals to nil in afternoon.
- U-Boat U3 surrendered SM U-3 was a Type U 3 built at the Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 2) She was ordered 13 Aug 1907, launched 27 Mar 1909 and was commissioned 29 May 1909. During the Great War she was part of the training Flotilla
On the 1 Dec 1918 She was surrendered and sank on the way to be broken up at Preston.
- Dec 1918 Staff
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