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

2nd July 1915

On this day:

  • Appointments   6th County of London Brigade RFA report Lt Col A.C. Lowe, DSO and 2/Lt J.H. Van Den Bergh proceeded to England on a 7 days leave of absence. Captain Macveagh (2/8th Lon Bde, RFA) was attached to the 15th London Battery.

    War Diaries

  • 2nd July 1915 9th Lancers train

  • Two lieutenants resume duties   Lt. Hampson returned from leave this morning, and Lt. Grellier from temporary duty with the 5/Scottish rifles.

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys

  • Battle of Áland Islands 1915    The Battle of Aland Islands, or the Battle of Gotland, which occurred on the 2nd July 1915, was a naval battle between the German and Russian forces, assisted by a submarine from the British Baltic Flotilla. It took place in the Baltic Sea off the shores of Gotland, Sweden which was neutral in World War I. The German mine-laying cruiser SMS Albatross, screened by the armoured cruiser SMS Roon, the light cruisers SMS Augsburg and Lübeck with seven torpedo boats, under Kommodore Johannes von Karpf, was laying mines off the Åland Islands. On the morning of 2 July, they were intercepted by a Russian squadron consisting of the armored cruisers Admiral Makarov and Bayan with the light cruisers Oleg and Bogatyr, under Rear Admiral Mikhail Bakhirev. In the artillery duel that followed, Albatross was badly damaged and beached on the Swedish coast. In the second phase of the battle, German armoured cruiser Roon and Russian Bayan fought each other at distance without serious damage. Reinforcements on both sides sailed to join the engagement. The Russian armoured cruiser Rurik joined the fight as the German force retreated and met the old light cruiser Lübeck, which took her for the destroyer Novik. Lübeck managed to escape in the short but fierce fighting when Roon intercepted Rurik. Both sides duelled each other at far distance, but again no damage was inflicted by either side. As the German armored cruisers SMS Prinz Adalbert and Prinz Heinrich sailed to reinforce the German squadron, Prinz Adalbert was torpedoed by the British.

    John Doran

  • 2nd Jul 1915 Return to Trenches

  • 2nd Jul 1915 Relieved

  • 2nd Jul 1915 A Nervous Night

  • 2nd Jul 1915 Route March

  • 2nd Ju1 1915 Trench Work

  • 2nd Jul 1915 Orders

  • 2nd Jul 1915 Working Party

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  • 2nd July 1915 In the Line

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  • 2nd Jul 1915 Heavy Shelling

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Dvr. George Burke. Royal Field Artillery 46th Bde.
  • Pte. T. Davis. Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. T. Davis. Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Hunt. Middlesex Regiment 3rd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Benjamin James. Royal Engineers 171st Tunnelling Company Read their Story.

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