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4th September 1915On this day:
- Personnel changes 6th County of London Brigade RFA reports
Lt Col A E Lowe left Bruay to understudy GOCRA. 47th Divisional Artillery at Lesbrebos.
2/Lt V.C. Lucas left Bruay for work under Capt O’Malley at Les Brebis.
- 4th September 1915 9th Lancers working party to return
- U-Boat Index - WW1 SM U-69
Type U 66
Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 206)
Ordered 2 Feb 1913
Laid down 7 Feb 1914
Launched 24 Jun 1915
Commissioned 4 Sep 1915
4 Sep 1915 - 23 Jul 1917 Ernst Wilhelms
Career 6 patrols.
4 Mar 1916 - 23 Jul 1917 IV Flotilla
Successes 31 ships sunk with a total of 102,875 tons.
1 ship damaged with a total of 1,648 tons.
- 15 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Fairport 3,838 br
- 15 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Schwanden 844 ru
- 16 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Glendoon 1,918 nw
- 16 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Harrovian 4,309 br
- 16 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Papelera 1,591 nw
- 17 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Ernest Reyer 2,708 fr
- 18 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Ravenhill 1,826 br
- 20 Apr 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Cairngowan 4,017 br
- 11 Jul 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Era 168 br
- 20 Oct 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Cabotia 4,309 br
- 24 Oct 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Sola 3,057 nw
- 26 Oct 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms North Wales 4,072 br
- 26 Oct 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Rappahannock 3,871 br
- 2 Nov 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Spero 1,132 br
- 3 Nov 1916 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Bertha 591 sw
- 20 Apr 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Annapolis 4,567 br
- 25 Apr 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Hesperides 3,393 br
- 26 Apr 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Rio Lages 3,591 br
- 26 Apr 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Vauxhall 3,629 br
- 1 May 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Rockingham 4,555 am
- 2 May 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Troilus 7,625 br
- 29 May 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Argo 123 sw
- 29 May 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Ines 261 sw
- 29 May 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Consul N. Nielsen 1,395 da
- 31 May 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Esneh 3,247 br
- 3 Jun 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Luisa (damaged) 1,648 it
- 6 Jun 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Parthenia 5,160 br
- 8 Jun 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Enidwen 3,594 br
- 8 Jun 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Saragossa 3,541 br
- 13 Jun 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Kelvinbank 4,072 br
- 14 Jun 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Avenger 13,441 br
- 24 Jul 1917 U 69 Ernst Wilhelms Mikelis 2,430 gr
Fate 11 Jul 1917 - Last contact on July 11, 1917 while en route to patrol station off Ireland. 40 dead (all hands lost).
Loss possibly linked to D/C attack on July 12 off Norway. The German official history notes a U-boat was operating through at least July 26 in the Irish Sea at this time that could only have been U 69, though this does not offer a cause for her loss.
There was another U 69 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 19 Sep 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 2 Nov 1940.
- Attachment movement E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA
Marched at 1000 and moved into bivouac near Le Quesnoy, 2 miles east of Bethune on attachment with other two batteries of 2nd Cavalry Division to 2nd Infantry Division. In bivouac at 2030 as not allowed through Bethune until after dark - about 23 miles
- 4th Sep 1915 To Take Possitions
- 4th Sep 1915 Not a Pleasant Job
- 4th Sep 1915
- 4th Sep 1915 Preparations for Winter
- 4th Sep 1915 Mining Sounds Heard
- 4th Sep 1915 Something to Help
- 4th Sep 1915 Communication Exercise
- 4th Sep 1915 Training
- 4th Sep 1915 Fatigues
- 4th Sep 1915 Working Parties
- 4th Sep 1915 On the Move
- Bravery saves Lives Lt Albert Nevitt of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers was giving bombing instruction at Bodelwyddan Park, near Rhyl on 4th of September 1916 when a bomb fell into the trench. At the second attempt he found it in the water and threw it over the parapet where it exploded. For his swift actions he was awarded the Albert Medal.
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