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



2nd May 1915

On this day:


  • Daily Battery Activity 6th London Brigade RFA    Firing heard in the direction of Neuve Chapelle. 15th London Battery fired two rounds at J3 (A.2.d.8.3). 16th London Battery opened fire at 1530 to verify registration of that part of zone invisible from last observing station i.e. the Orchard. Fourteen rounds fired. At 2237 it fired two rounds into the Orchard at request of 18th London Battalion. One direct hit. 17th London Battery did not fire.

  • 2nd May 1915 Church parade

  • Schütte-Lanz Airship.   Schütte-Lanz SL4

    • First Flight: 2nd May 1915
    • Length: 153.1 metres (502 ft)
    • Diameter: 19.75 metres (65 ft)
    • Gas Capacity: 32,470 cubic meters
    • Performance: 85 km/h
    • Payload: 13.4 tonnes

    Naval airship based at Seddin. SL4 flew 21 reconnaissance missions and two bombing raids again enemy harbours on the Eastern front. It was destroyed on the 14th December 1915 after its hangar collapsed due to snow accumulation on the roof.

  • Reports on continued use of gas    Alteration of time of duty of Orderly Officer to the hours 7 pm-7 pm following on with duty at Advanced Post at Gris Pot from 8 pm to 8 am. Heavy cannonading taking place in the North today, and reports that gas is being used again by the enemy.

  • Rest day   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    With 5th Cavalry Brigade at St.Jans-Ter-Biesen. In bivouac at St.Jans-Ter-Biesen all day.

  • 3rd Monmouths under Bombardment   On the 2nd May the 83 rd Brigade (29th Division) area was very heavily shelled by the Germans that many of the troops believed it impossible to get any worse. There were of course inevitable casualties after trenches and dugouts were hit. Sergeant A. Davies (3rd Monmouths) writing home to friends gave the following details of the days bombardment: "Our worst time started on May 2nd , when they gave it to us a bit hot. It was on that day that L/Cpls Reg Rumsey and Taylor got buried by a shell bursting on top of their dugout. We managed to get them out after a bit of a struggle, and I think Rumsey acted splendidly. If it had not been for him Taylor would have been dead. After getting his head and arms clear he would not think of anything else but getting Taylor out; in fact he set to at releasing him, and it was rather a good job, for when we got Taylor out he was at his last gasp"

  • 2nd May 1915 Wounded to hospial

  • 2nd May 1915 7th Northumberlands on the March

  • 2nd May 1915 5th Lincs Relieve 4th Leics

  • 2nd May 1915 On the March

  • 2nd May 1915 On the March

  • 2nd May 1915 Under Shellfire

  • 2nd May 1915 On the March

  • 2nd May 1915 Orders





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Edgar William Bell. 16th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Robert Blakey. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Robert Blakey. 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflm. John Boulger. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. James Burley. Middlesex Regiment 3rd Battalion
  • L/Cpl. Noel William Howard Gale. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Lamb. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. John Lynn. VC DCM. Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Reynolds McGeary. King's Own Scottish Borderers 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Oliver James Osborn. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Reginald Pritchard. Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Btn.
  • Pte. Charles Howard Proctor. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Warner. VC. Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.

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