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

2nd September 1914

On this day:

  • The Queens left St. Helena for Southampton   'HMT Kenilworth Castle' left St Helena. 'HMS Astraea' was replaced by 'HMS Leviathan'.

    War Diary

  • Zeppelin raids   A further Zeppelin raid took place on Antwerp, Belgium.

    John Doran

  • Crowds gather in Sheffield   A large crowd gathered outside the Town Hall in Sheffield as volunteers entered the Lord Mayor's Chambers to complete their form declaring their willingness to enlist in the new Sheffield City Battalion. A contingent from the University Officer Training Corps marched from the University to the Town Hall in a column of fours to enrol. Once they had done so they marched out of the building and formally disbanded the OTC for the duration of the war. Once dismissed the men took it upon themselves to persuade passers by to enrol.

    Sheffield City Battalion - Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield

  • Back to Villenoy   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA Started out at 0400 and fell back to Villeroy. engaged from near Raperie a regiment of Cavalry moving south near Fosse Martin at long range driving them to west. In bivouac at 2030.

    War Diaries

  • 2nd September 1914 Further moves

  • 2nd September 1914 Further retreat

  • 2nd Sep 1914 Rear Guard

  • 2nd Sep 1914 On the March

  • 2nd Sep 1914 Rear Guard

  • 2nd Sep 1914 Inspection

  • 2nd September 1914 Continued withdrawals

  • 2nd Sep 1914 On the March

  • Glasgow Tramways Battalion raised in 16hrs.   The 15th Glasgow Tramways Battalion, Highland Light Infantry was raised in Glasgow on the 2nd of September 1914 by Glasgow Corporation employee Jimmy Dalrymple, the manager of the Tramways Department. Prior to finishing his afternoon shift, he phoned around all the Tramcar Depots and asked his colleagues to find out if any of the men would be interested in joining a battalion made up entirely of men from the ‘Caurs’. Sixteen hours later he had a list with the names of 1100 volunteers wanting to enlist.

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • James O'Brian. Border Regiment 3rd Btn. Read their Story.

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