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



2nd May 1916

On this day:


  • 2nd May 1915 Hospital set Alight

  • 10th Loyals return to action   The 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashires, took up position in reserve at Bienvillers, with two companies of men moving forward in support of the the 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment who were man strong-points on the Hannescamps-Mochy road and in the support line behind the Monchy salient.

  • Report of a Mine   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Carency report Lt Col Lowe DSO Commanding the 6th London Field Artillery Brigade, Capt Edwards Veterinary Officer and Lt Woollett 6th London Brigade Ammunition Column proceeded on 7 days leave of absence to England, the former on ten days leave. At 1945 all artillery opened fire after the Centre Battalion reported a mine going up. This report proved to be false and the Batteries stopped firing. Major Gordon DSO 16th London Battery assumed command of the Right Group.

    War Diaries


  • Airfield at York Racecourse bombed   On 2 May 1916 Zeppelin airships raided York, bombing the airfield at York racecourse. As a result the Aerodrome was closed and A Flight, 33 Squadron moved thier BE 2c and BE 2d aircraft to RFC Bramham Moor to join B & C Flights, flying from there in the air defence of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

  • 2nd May 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 2nd May 1916 Recreation and drill

  • 2nd May 1916 Arests Made

  • 2nd May 1916 On Stand by

  • 2nd May 1916 Training and Route March

  • 2nd May 1916 In Billets

  • 2nd May 1916 Training





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. William George Best. Leinster Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Brennan. Connaught Rangers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. James Hodge. Cameronians 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. George Philpott. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Battalion Read their Story.

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