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

4th September 1918

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  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.


    At 0800 Battle Headquarters was formed at T.10.d.05.80 and under an artillery barrage the Battalion, in conjunction with other Battalions on flanks, attacked. Good progress was made. D Company lost direction and got as far as Stinking Farm (U.7.a). Not being protected on flanks the enemy attempted to cut them off and the Company had to retire. Our line was established from road (T.6.d.35.80) where touch was made with the 30th Division, along hedge running south through T.6.d.4.0 to rise in T.12.b then along breastwork trench from T.12.c.50.35 T.18.a.80.90. With the gap between B and A Companies, D Company was put in support along road running south through T.6.c and T.12.a.

    The enemy were not very numerous but their machine gun fire was heavy. The shelling was fairly heavy but was confined to vicinity of St Quentin Cabaret. During the operation Battle Headquarters was moved to T.5.d.80.40.

    Six prisoners were taken, four of whom were sent through 29th Division on the right. Some of our men on the right were cut off and are thought to be made prisoners. The 29th Division took Hill 63 but did not come up far enough to cover our right flank. During the day there was an amount of sniping and machine gun fire and the enemy shelled St Quentin Cabaret and T.12.a with 5.9. In the afternoon he attempted a counter-attack by coming up along railway between B and A Companies, but was driven back by machine gun and rifle fire. At dusk our patrols were pushed forward to get the line behind Bristol Castle but were unable to do so owing to machine gun fire.

    War Diaries

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-125

    Type UE 2 Shipyard Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (Werk 302) Ordered 27 May 1916 Launched 26 May 1918 Commissioned 4 Sep 1918

    Commanders 4 Sep 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Hans Scabell

    Career No patrols. No flotilla information available Successes No successes.

    Fate 26 Nov 1918 - Surrendered to Japan. In japanese service as the O1 1920-21. Dismantled at Yokosuka Navy Yard between January and March 1921. Between March 1924 and January 1925 she was used as a floating jetty at the Kure Submarine School. In 1925 she was rebuilt at Yokosuka as testbed for submarine salvage operations carried out by the tender ASAHI. On 19 Aug 1931 U 125 was re-commissioned as Auxiliary Vessel No. 2900 and used until 1935.

    There was another U 125 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 10 Dec 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 3 Mar 1941.

    John Doran

  • 4th September 1918 Standby awaiting orders

  • Troops Land in Archangel   American troops land in Archangel, northern Russia, as part of the Allied intervention. Following the Bolshevik takeover of the Russian government in October 1917, Russia signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers in March 1918. With Russia no longer fighting with the Allies, the Eastern Front had collapsed, allowing Germany to send troops that had previously been committed in the east to the Western Front, which the Allies were desperate to prevent.

    The Allies deployed thousands of troops to Russia. They were tasked with reopening the Eastern Front, which they would try to accomplish by aiding anti-Bolshevik Russian forces and the Czech Legion, which was made up of 60,000 former Czech prisoners of war willing to fight against the Central Powers. The troops were also to prevent stockpiles of unused supplies the Allies had previously sent to Russia from falling into German or Bolshevik hands. American forces were also sent to Murmansk and to Vladivostok.

  • 4th Sep 1918 Attack Made

  • 4th Sep 1918 Reliefs

  • 4th Sep 1918 Defensive Positions

  • 4th Sep 1918 Quiet

  • 4th of September 1918 Enemy Gains Ground

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Ernest Charles Alden. Suffolk Regiment 2nd Battalion
  • L/Cpl. Alfred Bond. Leinster Regiment 2nd Btn.
  • Sgt. John Brooks. MM. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • A/Sgt. Richard William Brown. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 17th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Brown. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Btn.
  • Lt. Vivian Alfred Davis. Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Hugh George Evans. The King's Liverpool Regiment 5th Btn.
  • Maurice FitzGerald. Irish Guards Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Hay. 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. John Luckman. Royal Field Artillery 110th Bde. 'B' Bty. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. David Robert Morris. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 24th (Denbighshire Yeomanry) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harold Wilfred Smailes. Hampshire Regiment 15th (Service) Btn. Read their Story.

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