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1st November 1916On 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- ROSSIGNOL FARM
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.
- 1st Nov 1916 In Dugouts
- 1st Nov 1916 Preparations
- 1st Nov 1916 Relief
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