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3rd February 1916On this day:
- Quiet Day Another quiet day for 6th County of London Brigade RFA. Territorial Force
due to Bad light. Batteries fired on working parties, trench junctions and suspected Observation Points. The 17th London Battery fired on a minenwerfer (short range German mortar). Movement was seen in Fosse 12.
At about 2000 the enemy were reported to have exploded a mine north of Loos Crassier. Heavy shelling by enemy on pylons and south of Loos Crassier. During the night the 9th London Battery fired on a working party in M.5.c. and d with excellent results. A Hun was heard to groan.
OC. Brigade (Col Lowe) proceeded on leave of absence.
Major Bayley DSO assumed Command of the Lowe Group.
- Major Griffiths D.S.O. visits 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy
Lt. Sissons left with a lorry for Lillers for steel caissons for sinking shaft in bad ground.
Major Norton Griffiths D.S.O., lunched, went to Saps, dined.
Leave arranged for Mr. Bullock.
War Diary Transcript
- 3rd Monmouths entrain for The Somme For most of January 1916 the 49th Division was at rest before proceeding to the Somme, and the battalion after leaving Elverdinghe, marched by stages to Rietveld, a little hamlet on the Cassel-Wormhoudt Road where the companies were billeted in farms within easy walking distance of each other. The battalion historians record this time as “four pleasant weeks, the training was not strenuous, only sufficient being done to keep all ranks fit, and the afternoons were spent in games”.
On February 3rd the Battalion entrained at Esquelbecq for the south, and the next day detrained at Longueau near Amiens . A march to Ailly-su-Somme from which point they bussed to Saisseval, a small village about 14 kilometres to the west of Amiens.
- 3rd February 1916 Inspections
- 3rd Feb 1916 In Support
- 3rd Feb 1916 Enemy Shelling
- 3rd Feb 1916 Reorganisation
- 3rd Feb 1916 Train
- 3rd of February 1916 On the Move
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