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



3rd May 1915

On this day:


  • Gas Warnings   6th County of London Brigade RFA report information received from 1st Army of use by enemy of asphyxiating gas east and north of Ypres. Brigade conflagration just behind La Bassee Church. One of the guns of the 15th London battery was placed in a forward position at 2100 but was withdrawn by order at 2130. 16th London Battery fired two rounds at Cross Roads by P.4, at request of OC. ‘B’ Company, 18th London Regiment. Two Germans seen doubling from M.22 wearing light blue uniforms and flat round caps. All the men received masks and bicarbonate of soda for use against gases. At the suggestion of the OC. Brigade a certain portion of the enemy’s breastworks were bombarded by heavy guns. 17th London Battery fired four rounds to verify points on registered lines.

  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.

  • 3rd May 1915 9th Lancers move

  • U-9 sinks seven British Vessels   SM U-9 a Type U 9 U-boat of I Flotilla, commanded by Johannes Spieß sank the British Merchant vessels Bob White, Coquet, Hector, Hero, Iolanthe, Northward Ho and Progress. The submarine had been built in 1908 at the Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 4) and was launched 22 Feb 1910 and commissioned 18 Apr 1910. On 16 July, 1914 U9 performed for the first time in history the difficult job of reloading torpedoes while submerged.

  • 1st Bn Herts relieved by Coldstream Guards   Bn relieved the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards at B1.

  • Relocation   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Attached to 7th Division at Le Sart and near Estaires 3rd May - Start at 1930 and marched to Le Sart to bivouac - about 20 miles. Turned(???) in at 0130 on 4th May marched by Steenvorde and Hazebrouk. At 1800 moved to bivouac 1 mile south of Estaires. Right section going into action at 2100 half a mile south of Laventie.

  • 3rd Monmouths at Potizje   The 3rd Mons evacuated Polygon Wood on the night of May 2nd/3rd and reformed on the new GHQ line at Potizje. A Company under Captain Baker, C Company under Captain Steel, B Company under Captain Gattie was stationed in the front line while D Company under Major Lewis stayed in reserve at Potizje. The evacuation of Polygon Wood and the occupation of the new front line was completed during the night of 3rd of May and the success of the movement was proved when at 5 am the following morning the enemy still fired onto the empty trenches. Then the Officers controlling the operation left and declared that in spite of a very laborious task the evacuation had been a complete success. Once here the troops had very little to do, the weather was foul, there was very little to eat and heavy shells were flying overhead into the city of Ypres.

  • 3rd May 1915 Ongoing action and withdrawal

  • 3rd May 1915 18th DLI ready for Zeppelin Raid

  • 3rd May 1915 7th Northumberlands on the March

  • 3rd May 1915 On the Move

  • 3rd May 1915 Trench Work

  • 3rd May 1915 Very Hot

  • 3rd May 1915 On the March

  • 3rd May 1915 On the March

  • 3rd May 1915 On the March

  • 3rd May 1915 Buried Alive





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Cpl. Herbert Bowley. Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Batallion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles William Cross. Durham Light Infantry 18th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Edward Cushing. Leinster Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George William Darling. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Herbert Mallett Graut. Rifle Bde 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt Anthony Herbert. RN Division Portsmouth Bn Read their Story.
  • Lance Sjt. Bert "Butler" Munday. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Alaxander Nicoll. 3rd Dragoon Guards( Prince of Wales Own)
  • Sjt. Edward Edwin Priddice. Somerset Light Infantry 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Reed. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Sidney George Seary. Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion
  • Act/Cpl. Alfred Wadlow. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.

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    The "Pals" leaving Leamside May 3rd 1915 (photograph)

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