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



2nd September 1915

On this day:


  • 3rd Monmouths join 49th Division   Orders were received on September 22nd for the 3rd Monmouth's to join the 49th Division as one of the Pioneer Battalions. General Bulfin on his farewell address spoke as follows: "I wish to say I am exceedingly sorry to lose you from the Division and would wish to thank you individually, one and all, for the help you have always given me whilst in the Division. At the beginning you had a very rough and unhappy time of it, but you came through it splendidly and have done excellent work. Your Colonel and all of you will look back one day with pride on the fine reputation, which the Regiment has made for itself during the time it has served with the 28 th Division. I wish you all the best of luck and a safe return to England at the end of the war, and I feel sure you will continue to make the history which you have begun for your Regiment"

    During 1915, it had become very clear that the digging of fire trenches and communication trenches and the construction of light railways and bridges required specialist skills and knowledge and that there was a need for specialised units to do this work who were also fully trained infantrymen. It was soon recognised that units raised in mining areas had all the necessary experience and skill to fulfil this role and so the idea of the Pioneer Battalions took shape. All three battalions of the Monmouthshire Regiment become the pioneer battalions for their respective divisions.

  • Personnel changes   6th County of London Brigade RFA reports Lt W.P.S Edwards Army Veterinary Service returned from 1st Division.

    War Diaries


  • 2nd Sep 1915 Baths and Inspection

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Policeman's Lucky Escape

  • 2nd Sep 1915 On the March

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Ship Torpedoed

  • 2nd Sep 1915 2/8th Worceters to Epping Forest

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

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

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Blow Still Expected

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Lecture

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Reliefs Completed

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Reinforcements

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Heavy Rain

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Leave

  • 2nd Sep 1915 On the March

  • 2nd Sep 1915 Under Canvas





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Fred Crookes. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Denton. Northumberland Fusiliers 1/5th Btn. 2 Coy. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William Kennerley. East Lancashire Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William Kennerley. East Lancashire Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. John Townsend. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 7th Btn. Read their Story.

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