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



4th May 1915

On this day:


  • 20th Manchesters arrive at Belton Park   20th Battalion Manchester Regiment arrived at Belton Park Camp Grantham in Lincolnshire.

  • 5th Connaughts depart for England   5th Battalion Connaught Rangers left the Curragh in two trains and sailed from the North Wall, Dublin on a Harwich and Hook of Holland liner for Liverpool.

  • Daily Battery Activity 6th London Brigade RFA    15th London Battery fired eight rounds at 1115 on enemy's communication trench S.27.d.11 and subsequently fired eight rounds on enemy's breastwork at 2350. Thirty nine rounds were fired at A.2.d.77 and A.2.b.95. 16th London Battery fired eight rounds in direction of trenches north of the S Bend. Both Batteries also fired twelve special 65a fuses. Report received that the 1st Herts. in front line trenches, had been overcome by gas. This was untrue.

  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium 1915.   1st Battalion at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium
    At 8 pm the trenches were relieved by the 2nd Camerons and the Battalion withdrew from the small salient near Sanctuary Wood (by devious and unhealthy routes) to bivouac in the neighbourhood of Vlammertinghe, avoiding Ypres by a narrow margin.

  • 4th May 1915 9th Lancers in billets

  • Ruby sunk by U9   British Merchant vessel Ruby is sunk by submarine U-9.

  • Visit to Bailleul hospital   Proceeded to Casualty Clearing Hospital in Bailleul with Capt. Browne and Lt. Chandler, MO/A&SH* to see gas poisoning cases - and to find out the best means of treating such cases in the initial stage.

    * Medical Officer Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

  • Tough fight on Frezenberg Ridge   The evening of May 4 th saw the beginning of the battalion's hardest trial and greatest achievement. The strain and stress was all over within a week, but during that period the 3rd Monmouth's were involved in some of the hardest fighting of the war. Suffering heavy casualties and though outnumbered by the enemy and without adequate artillery support held up the German attack at a crucial point of the line.

    On this evening A company (Captain Baker) and C Company (Captain Steel) moved up into support trenches and dug-outs north of the road at the western foot of the Frezenberg Ridge. B Company (Captain Gattie) went up to reinforce the 1st York and Lancs in the front line on the right of the Brigade; and D Company (Major Lewis) remained in reserve at Potizje. The new front line, which had been hastily and poorly constructed, suffered severely from the bombardment. So bad did conditions become that both the 2nd East Yorks and the 5th KOYLI were compelled that night to dig a new line just behind the original one. Casualties had been heavy and the wounded were removed with great difficulty during the night, whilst the dead had to be buried where they fell.

  • 4th May 1915 General's Visit

  • 4th May 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 4th May 1915 Trench Work

  • 4th May 1915 Brigade Praised

  • 4th May 1915 Into Billets

  • 4th May 1915 On the Move

  • 4th May 1915 Recovering at Home

  • 4th May 1915 Inspection

  • 4th May 1915 Sniper

  • 4th May 1915 Appeal





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Owen Barnes. Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Charles. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Evans. Leinster Regiment 1st Btn.
  • Cpl Edward Hutchinson. Leinster Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Kerr. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harold Thomas Leash. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Raymond Machin. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Neil. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lt. Henry Arundell de Pentheny O'Kelly. 13th Hussars Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Joseph Rock. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alonza Shaw. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Tonner. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.

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