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

2nd July 1916

On this day:

  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers return to from attack   Only 8 officers and 279 other ranks of the 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers return to the bluff, north of Black Horse Bridge at 1.30 that morning. At nightfall, they move to C assembly trenches in Aveluy Wood.

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

  • Quiet Day   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery at Aix-Noulette. 2/Lt Gunn C236 Battery moved from post and returned to his battery. A quiet day with enemy retaliation feeble in reply to bombarding their front line and Vimy Ridge.

    War Diaries

  • 1st Wiltshires move forward to trenches   1st Wiltshires move forwards in an easterly direction via Hedauville and Aveluy Wood into the trenches at Authuille.

  • 2nd July 1916 Departure from Alexandria

  • 2nd July 1916 Church service and reinforcements

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Favourable Reports

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Dysentry

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Heroism with the Wounded

  •    At 0100. B Coy. 18th DLI moved up to the front line. (D Coy. attached to A)

    0330. 66 reinforcements reported at HQ and joined their Coys.

    0830. 2 Platoons C Coy. in Monk with 4 MG of MG Co. and 2 MG in Dunmow.

    1330. Brigade instructions to occupy front line from K.35.a.3.7 to K.29.c.80.95 with 1 Co. 4 L.G. by day, with 2 Coys 8 L.G. by night, remainder & HQ to hold north & south Monk. This completed by 2.40 pm and Brigade informed.

    1500 - 1530. Special bombardment by our artillery during which 2 off. 9 OR C Coy. were wounded 1 OR C Co. killed.

    1830 - 1900. Special bombardment by our artillery.

    2020. Brigade informed that enemy was at ----- ----- shells ---- in North Monk. 40 wounded chiefly of 16th West Yorks were collected by C Coy. in front line.

    2300. Kings Own on right of 18th DLI and wiring in front.

    2306. Germans reported to be seen carrying up Gas Cylinders to front line.

    2330. GOC 93 I.B. instructs 18 Btn DLI to send remainder of D Coy. back to Bus.

    Late. Brigade warn 18th Btn DLI of possible gas attack, front line to hold on. 18th West Yorks to send 2 Coy’s one to North Monk, one to South Monk and 2 remaining Coy’s to move up later. 16th West Yorks to remain in Dunmow, 15th West Yorks in Maitland. Information also received that 2 Brigades of 48th Division with 3 Battalions of 29 Division will attack hostile line from River Ancre to Pt 29 at 3.30am. Artillery to bombard enemy’s line.

    The National Archives 18th DLI War Diary Appx.1 WO95/2361/1

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Terrible Work

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Attack and Counter Attack

  • 2nd Jul 1916 On the March

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Reliefs Completed

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Reliefs Completed

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Machine Guns Active

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Communication Lost

  • 2nd Jul 1916 In Action

  • 2nd July 1916 Intermediate Line

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Death's valley

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Orders

  • 2nd Jul 1916 Working Parties

  • 2nd of July 1916 German Gas Attacks

  • 2nd July 1916 Remnants of the Battalion

  • 2nd Jul 1916 In Touch

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John Ashton. West Yorkshire Regiment 1st Btn.
  • CSM. Thomas Brennan. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Trpr. Alexander Butler. Royal Canadian Dragoons Read their Story.
  • Lt. Geoffrey St. George Shillington Cather. VC. Royal Irish Fusiliers Adjt. 9th Bn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Cooke. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st/5th Battalion
  • Pte. John Deamer. Middlesex Regiment 4th Battalion
  • Pte. Charles Docherty. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Howard Ellson. Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Capt. Arthur John Evans. South Wales Borderers 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Maj. Charles John French. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Fulwell. VC South Staffordshire Regiment 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William John Gower. Wiltshire Regiment 6th Battalian Read their Story.
  • Spr. Albert Edwin Hackett. Royal Engineers 92nd Field Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. C. Hanson. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Herbert Harvey. Suffolk Regiment 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. G. Hunter. Durham Light Infantry 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward George Kilminster. Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) 6th Btn.
  • Pte. John Henry Knott. Lincolnshire Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lt. Leonard William Henry Lamaison. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur McAvoy. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick McElligott. Royal Irish Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Murphy. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Philipson. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Purdy. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lt. G. K. Raine. Durham Light Infantry 18th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. J. Smith. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Benjamin Spilling. Lancashire Fusiliers 15th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Dvr. Walter Joseph Stevens. Read their Story.

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