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

1st February 1916

On this day:

  • 2nd January 1916 Relieve Orders received

  • Feb 1916 36th Battalion AIF raised in Newcastle, NSW.

  • TWFF Stevenage Road, Fulham opens.   Trench Warfare Filling Factory Stevenage Road, Fulham, London started up in February 1916. It was engaged in filling grenades, Stokes bombs and components, pyrotechnic work, etc. Under the Direct Control of the Ministry of Munitions

  • TWFF Bushey Mill Lane, Watford (No. 2) opens.   Trench Warfare Filling Factory Bushey Mill Lane, Watford (No. 2), Hertfordshire started up in February 1916. The first output was May 1916. It was engaged in filling bombs, grenades etc., filling and assembling aerial bombs, trench mortar fuses and assembling chemical shell. It was under Direct Control of the Ministry of Munitions.

  • HMEF Winsford opens   H.M. Explosive Factory Winsford, Victoria, Norwich, Cheshire started up in February 1916 with first output of Calcium nitrate tetrahydrate being in August 1916. It was under the Direct Control the Salt Union.

  • No further work on Saps   6th County of London Brigade RFA move HQ to Les Brebis. Batteries at Fosse 7 and Maroc. Very bad light all day. Hostile artillery quiet. Enemy aeroplane up most of the day. The 16th London Battery report no further work done on saps. All new sap heads were registered by the Batteries. The 8th and 9th London Batteries fired intermittent rounds of H.E. on the new trenches during the night.

    War Diaries

  • Railway Activity   16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.

    Railway Candas to Acheux.

    Work continued on into February on the same task allotments and on the 18th February the last spike was driven to complete the line to Belle Eglise Farm. On the 22nd February a Third Army meeting in relation to opening the line gave priority to Belle Eglise. No.4 Company then started work on the station and sidings there while No.2 Company continued to ballast and rectify the track.

    No.1 Company, working at the most forward part of the track in Acheux was shelled several times but suffered no casualties. Subsequently they found a network of underground passages which provided cover if enemy shelling was heavy.

    The weather continued to deteriorate towards the end of the month and much of the line had to be checked over particularly near Punchevilles where the line had sunk considerably and new sidings were to be built.

    The Terrors by SN White

  • Q Class Zeppelin   Zeppelin LZ65 (LZ95)

    • Production Ref: LZ65
    • Class type : Q
    • Tactical ref: LZ95
    • Usage: Military
    • First Flight: 1st February 1916


    Destroyed by French anti-aircraft fire on the 21st February 1916 during an attempted attack on Vitry-le-François.

    John Doran

  • Supply Issues for 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy   

    No Candles supplied by Corps Troops Supply Column.

    Relief's carried out as per schedule

    War Diary Transcript

  • 1st February 1916 Replacements

  • Events in 1916   Bavarian Ersatz Division part of 7th Army

    At the beginning of February, 1916, the 120th Landwehr Regiment was replaced by a Prussian Regiment, the 81st Landwehr.

    Woevre 1916. 1. On February 28, 1916, the Bavarian Ersatz Division took over the sector of Fresnes-en-Woevre-Ronvaux. It remained there until the end of October, 1916.

    On the 17th October 1916, the 4th Bavarian Reserve Regiment left the division temporarily to go to Galicia, to the 199th Division, and came back in November 1916.

    Somme 1916.

    From October 25th to November 15th, the Bavarian Ersatz Division took part in the battle of the Somme east of Gueudecourt, with the exception of the 81st Landwehr, which was definitely detached from the division.

    Transferred to the Aisne, the Division went into line in the vicinity of Craonne at the end of November.

    historical records

  • 1st Feb 1916 Rest after a Nervous Time

  • 1st Feb 1916 On the Move

  • 21st Feb 1916 About to Move

  • 1st Feb 1916 In the Trenches

  • 1st Feb 1916 Orders

  • 1st Feb 1916 On the March

  • 1st Feb 1916 Baths

  • 1st of February 1916 

  • 1st February 1916  Resting

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Bringing in the Wounded

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. M. Blair. Seaforth Highlanders 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Eustace Tregear Stow. Royal Fusiliers 22nd Btn. Read their Story.

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