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



4th October 1914

On this day:


  • 4th Oct 1914 On the March

  • The Queens on the move again   The Queens on the move to Southampton for embarkation. At 1500 hours the Battalion received Orders to march to Southampton for embarkation at 1545 hours. The men who had been given leave to go into town in Lyndhurst had to be collected and eventually the 1st Train Party consisting of 'A' & 'B' Companies, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel M.C. Coles, marched off at 1730 hours and the 2nd Party of 'C' & 'D' Companies, under command of Major L.M. Crofts, at 1820 hours. Lieutenant A.N.S. Roberts, Colour Sergeant E. Sholes & Band Sergeant S. Burrows, with 97 NCO's & Men forming the 1st Reinforcement, remained at Lyndhurst.

    The Battalion on embarking for service was composed of 30 Officers and 988 NCO's & Men, Total Strength of 1018. The following embarked with the Battalion. Staff -

    • Lieutenant Colonel M.C. Coles, Commanding 2/11.
    • Major L.M. Crofts, Senior Major 2/11.
    • Lieutenant C.R. Haigh, Adjutant 7/11.
    • Captain C.H.J. Wort, Quartermaster.
    • Sergeant Major W. Smith.
    • Quartermaster Sergeant W.Routley.
    • Lieutenant A.C. Thomas, Transport Officer 6/11.
    • Lieutenant R.L.G. Heath, Machine Gun Officer 21/10.
    • Attached - Lieutenant Thatcher, RAMC, Medical Officer.

      Company Officers -

      'A' Company -

    • Captain H.C. Whinfield 21/10.
    • Captain P.C. Esdaile 22/10.
    • Lieutenant J.A. Long Browne 7/11.
    • Lieutenant E.K.B. Furze 6/11.
    • Lieutenant G.S. Ingram 21/10.
    • 2nd Lieutenant R.K. Rose.

      'B' Company -

    • Major H.R. Bottomley 2/11.
    • Captain H.F.H. Master 18/10.
    • Lieutenant D.R. Wilson 2/11.
    • 2nd Lieutenant G.M. Gabb 21/10.
    • 2nd Lieutenant C.H.B. Blount
    • 2nd Lieutenant J.G. Collins 7/11.

      'C' Company -

    • Captain W.H. Alleyne 7/11.
    • Captain H.F. Lewis 19/10.
    • Lieutenant E.W. Bethell 25/10.
    • Lieutenant H.C. Williams (Signaling Officer) 21/10.
    • 2nd Lieutenant R.H. Philpot
    • 2nd Lieutenant B.A. Ricks 26/9.

      'D' Company -

    • Captain T. Weeding 2/11.
    • Captain W.B. Fuller
    • Lieutenant G.A. White 5/11.
    • 2nd Lieutenant J.G.H. Bird 27/9.
    • 2nd Lieutenant D. Ive 21/10.
    The first train party 'A', 'B' & a portion of transport, embarked in the transport and left Southampton at dawn the next morning (5th October 1914)

  • More movements   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA Started at 0900 and marched 27 miles north into billets at St Martin en Bois at 1830. Very blocked on road - crossed the Oise on very good pontoon bridge en route.

  • 1st Coldstreams in action   1st Battalion, Coldstream guards were involved in a bayonet charge at Aisne near Vendresse on October 4th 1914.

  • 4th Oct 1914 Shells in Billet

  • 4th Oct 1914 The Story of a Waterbottle

  • 4th Oct 1914 Snipers Active

  • 4th Oct 1914 On the March

  • 4th Oct 1914 Under Shellfire

  • 4th Oct 1914 On the March





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