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

1st November 1916

On this day:

  • Nov 1916 

  • BRF Beddington opens.   Box Repair Factory Beddington, Croyden, Surrey started in November 1916 with first output in early 1917. Production was repairing bomb and grenade boxes. It was under the direct control of the Ministry of Munitions.

  • Registration   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery are at Ypres, Lille Gate. Quiet day on the whole. Considerable trench mortar activity on our left. Batteries fired in registration only.

    War Diaries

  • Messines Sector - Flanders   16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.

    November included some terrible weather with torrential rain, bitterly cold east winds and some snow. Mufflers and woollen gloves from home were eagerly sought after and leather lined jerkins were issued. Great efforts were made to equip the menís huts with stoves and beds. A recreation and reading room was established with two fireplaces so that men returning cold and wet from work in the trenches had a place to get properly dried.

    The real mud of Flanders was making any movement of equipment extremely difficult and ongoing work from October was now doubly difficult. With the heavy rains, what had until then been a friendly stream helping to drain the surrounding area, now became a deadly foe flooding dugouts and communication trenches. As a result hygiene problems were caused by the lack of natural drainage flow.

    Casualties recorded: November Nil

    The Terrors by SN White

  • R Class Super Zeppelin   Zeppelin LZ82 (L36)

    • Production Ref: LZ82
    • Class type : R
    • Tactical ref: L36
    • Usage: Military
    • First Flight:1st November 1916


    Carried out 20 flights around the North Sea and England, including four reconnaissance missions. It was damaged during a landing in fog at Rehben-an-der-Aller on the 7th February 1917 and decommissioned.

    John Doran

  • 7th Btn Royal Irish Fusiliers at Kemmel   7th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers is at Kemmel then in December moved to Wyschaete. Jan 1917 saw it in the Kemmel and Hazebrouck sectors, then by July 1917 it was at Steenvorde on the Franco-Belgian border.

  • 1st November 1916 Battalion training.

  • 1st November 1916 Training courses

  • 1st November 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 1st Nov 1916 No Celebrations

  • 1st Nov 1916 Artillery Exchange


    Dull & cloudy Ė slight rain. Practice of raiding parties started. Big working parties for trenches required. Only one case of trench foot. 2Lt BRADFORD re-joined & posted to C Co. 30 reinforcements distributed.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 1st Nov 1916 In Dugouts

  • 1st Nov 1916 Preparations

  • 1st Nov 1916 Relief

  • 1st Nov 1916 Working Parties

  • 1st of November 1916 A Big Explosion

  • 1st of November 1916 Enemy "Pineapples"

  • 1st Nov 1916 Inspection

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Matthew Allsopp. Royal Irish Rifles 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. George Thomas Bennet. East Lancashire Regiment 8th Btn.
  • Pte. Joseph Fennelly. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl Henry Gregory. Middlesex Regiment 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alfred L. Jefferies. Somerset Light Infantry 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Kean. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Thomas Ludlam. South Lancashire Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.

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  • Items from the Home Front Archive

    Brocton Camp Nov 1916
    Brocton Camp Nov 1916

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