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

2nd January 1916

On this day:

  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers move to Martinsart   16th Northumberlands less 3 officers and 100 men, move to Martinsart; the detachment garrisons mount keep.

    records of the 16th (service) battalion northumberland fusiliers captain ch cooke mc, newcastle upon tyne 1923

  • Daily Battery Activity   6th County of London Brigade RFA report from Annequin. There was again considerable shelling on the part of the enemy. Lowe Group retaliated. Although in the majority of cases the enemy ceased fire, when Lowe Group retaliated, in many cases they opened fire again shortly afterwards. All Batteries fired during night by request of Infantry. Major H. Bayley DSO, war appointment Commandant of the 47th Division Gunnery School, proceeded to Grenay where the classes will be held. Lieut H.P. Barrow and 2nd Lieut H. Davies proceeded to the School of Instruction.

    War Diaries

  • 2nd January 1916 9th Lancers in Billets

  • Sectional Relief   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    In the morning Captain Walsh came up to the Observation Point (a tree) to view the country which is the country opposite Canadian Orchard. He was very pleased with all the arrangements at the guns and at the OP. Consequently handing over to him as very simple. On his registration with his guns I found that they shot exactly the same for line as ours but that the 18 pounders required 50 yards less range than the 13 pounders. In the evenng theleft section came out of action being relieved by another section of C Battery 63rd Brigade RFA. Owing to the muddy state of the ground the 18 pounders found great difficulty in getting their guns into the pits and there was a vast difference between the time taken in getting the 13 pounders out and the 18 pounders in - the extra weight of the 18 pounders making an enormous difference.

    The detached gun of Centre Section also came out of action and the battery marched to Oblinghem, arriving there about 1900, a good deal of mud but not as bad as the wagon line we had just left.

    war diaries

  • 2nd Jan 1916 The Smells of War

  • 2nd Jan 1916 Gas Plant Laid

  • 2nd Jan 1916 Miracle Patient

  • 2nd Jan 1916 Reinforcements

  • 2nd Jan 1916 Parades & Lectures

  • 2nd Jan 1916 On the Move

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