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



2nd October 1916

On this day:


  • Infantry Attack   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report 2 more Battalions attacked and partly rectified the situation on the left flank. One section of A236 and one of B236 moved up to new positions, with A236 Battery being in the Starfish Valley, 200 yards east of the end of Sunken Road from the eastern corner of High Wood (M.35.c.5.4) and B236 Battery near Turk Trench (M.36.a.0.7). Several wagons of their batteries got stuck on the track running east of High Wood down to the Starfish Line. One gun of A236 Battery was sent back to it's old position as the track was not considered good enough for the gun to proceed, hence only 3 guns of the Brigade are in the new positions. A236 Battery Staff relieved B236 Battery.

  • 2nd Oct 1916 Munitions Wages

  • 125th Heavy RGA fall foul of wet weather   125th Heavy Battery, RGA record in their war diary: Tried to get battery up to behind Flers. Rain set in. Job abandoned. One gun stuck. Wet.

  • 2nd October 1916 Onward move to Houzecourt

  • 2nd October 1916 Inspections

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

  • 2nd Oct 1916 The Joy Wheel

  •    GIVENCHY SECTOR IN THE TRENCHES

    Fair. Quiet. Continuous rain later. 8pm 9pm considerable rifle & bombing activity South of Canal.

  • 2nd Oct 1916 Counter Attack

  • 2nd Oct 1916 Waiting for Theatre

  • 2nd Oct 1916 Heavy Shelling

  • 2nd Oct 1916 Advance Continues





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Henry Atkinson. Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Tom Bamford. York and Lancaster Regiment 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Mjr. Henry Duncan Bentinck. MID Coldstream Guards Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Binns. West Yorkshire Regiment 9th Service Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Herbert George Bonham. London Regiment 23rd (County of London) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. George Connor. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Edwards Eddon. East Kent Regiment 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Edward Handyside. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Edward Turnbull Joice. Northumberland Fusiliers 1/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James William Morris. Border Regiment 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • John Joseph Sweeney. Otago Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Joseph Sweeney. Otago Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2/Lt. Robinson Wallace. Durham Light Infantry 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Maj. Edward Victor Colley William Wellesley. MC. Royal Engineers 178th Tunnelling Company Read their Story.

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