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



3rd May 1916

On this day:


  • 189th RFA proceed to France   The 189th Royal Field Artillery embarked at Southampton for Le Havre

  • Three Mines Exploded   6th County of London Brigade RFA report from Carency: Everything quiet all day until 1645, at which time we exploded 3 mines in front of the right & centre gun section. Three deep craters were formed now known as the Northern, Middle & Southern Craters. Our heavy and light artillery bombarded the enemy front and support lines after the explosion for three hours to enable the infantry to occupy and consolidate the craters. The enemy retaliation was steady and their fire was by no means excessive. After 2200 the night was very quiet. Our 15” gun took part in this event, firing 12 rounds. (Note: if description correct a very large modified naval 15 inch gun)

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  • Praise for 7th Inniskillings   On the 3rd May 1916 Brigadier-General R Leveson-Gower commanding the 49th Infantry Brigade, came over to the billets and inspected the 7th battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers on parade. The General having been received with the general salute addressed a few words to the 7th battalion: "Officers WO’s NCO’s and men of the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, I admire your bravery and the courage you have shown since you have taken your place in the line, and especially on the 27th and 29th of April 1916. When defending a position under a storm of shrapnel, high explosives, etc and at the same time being subjected to 3 gas attacks, as you were on the 27th April 1916, it is easy to get excited and cause a panic. You however stood firm, counter attacked and absolutely defeated the enemy’s attack. You have seen the worst of it and have shown your steadiness, coolness and courage that you were good soldiers. Our time will come when we shall advance and you will then have a chance, no doubt of inflicting punishment on the enemy. By the fighting you have gone through, you have found out one thing, namely the officers you have are good men whom you can trust and with them you will get along all right and at the same time , officers, have found your men true and resolute. The other battalions of the brigade feel confident when they have you beside them. You have proved yourselves good men of your country. Ireland can be proud of you and in the future, when asked what battalion did you belong to, you can answer with pride that you were in the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a real fighting battalion and you need say nothing further. I thank you very much, knowing I can rely on you wherever you go." Three of the heartiest cheers were then given for the General and the parade dismissed.

  • HMS Queen Mary lost   HMS Queen Mary was a Queen Mary class Battle Cruiser built at the Palmer Shipyard in Jarrow and was lost at the battle of Jutland. At 16.25 Queen Mary exploded and went down in only 90 seconds after receiving hits from the German battle cruisers Derfflinger and Seydlitz. The HMS Queen Mary lost 1,266 crew, and only 20 survived.

  • 3rd May 1916 Recreation and return to billets

  • 3rd May 1916 26th Royal Fusiliers about to embark

  • 3rd May 1916 Female Labour

  • 3rd May 1916 Searches Continue

  • 3rd May 1916 Turks Prepare

  • 3rd May 1916 Parades

  • 3rd May 1916 Route March

  • 3rd May 1916 Surrender





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Michael Dunne. Connaught Rangers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Stkr. Robert Graves. HMS Queen Mary Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Gerald Rakestrow. MID Ox & Bucks Light Infantry 1st Btn.
  • Lt. Keith Winton Ramsay. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 7th Btn.
  • Pte. George Edwin Selby. Royal Fusiliers 6th Battalion Read their Story.

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