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

5th December 1916

On this day:

  • Batteries in Action   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report from Ypres. Visibility was good in the morning. D236 Battery registered a single gun at I.20.b.95.95. Working party in J.19.b fired on and dispersed. A direct hit was obtained on a wheelbarrow they were using. Trench Mortars were active against our trenches from 1315 to 1330 and 1500 to 1555. Scheme four was ordered and silenced the enemy fire at 1540. There was increased hostile artillery activity behind our lines. L’Ecole, Zillebeke Village and Station were shelled with 4.2 inch guns. Ypres Square, Station Crossing and Menem Road were shelled with 4.2 inch guns at 1700. Direct hits by 5.9 inch guns were obtained on Zillebeke Lake duck boards, Hellblast Corner and the Bund.

    War Diaries

  • 33rd Bn AIF relieved   Relief of Battalion completed as per Battalion 0.0 No. 2 4/12/1916. Working parties supplied to A.E.* composite company reviewed by General Plummer during day.

    * Corps of Australian Engineers

    33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force War Diary, La Chapelle-d'Armentières, Right (1) Section

  • 33rd Battalion AIF Routine Order No. 126   Not to be taken in front line trenches
    33rd BATTALION. A.I.F.
    Routine order No.126
    By Lt-Col LJ Morshead
    Chapelle d'Armentières, 5-12-16

    Guard 1235
    Duty C.O. will furnish guard of one N.C.O. and three men to be posted at Battalion H.Q. daily at 5 pm and similar guards to be posted over Co. H.Q. Sentries must be carefully instructed what to do in the event of gas or fire alarms.
    Care must be taken not to post the guard in a conspicuous place.

    Divisional Baths 1236
    The Divisional Baths at Pont Nieppe open during the following hours and can be as follows:
    "A" Co. 75 men 8 am
    "B" Co. 75 men 8 am
    "C" Co. 75 men 9 am

    Duties of Subaltern of day 1237
    When in billets the Subaltern of the day will report at Battalion HQ, together with Orderly Sgt. and Cpl. at 8 am daily, after which he will inspect and report on all billets in Battalion area.

    Daily duties 1238
    Companies must see that the following duties are notified and report of time specified.
    The personnel may be altered in which case the duty must be found by the Company originally affected.

    Subaltern of the day: Lt. WW Stockham
    Next for duty: Lt. LCB Smith
    Regimental orderly Sgt.: Sgt KJ Campbell
    Next for duty: Sgt. SR Nelson
    Regimental orderly Cpl.: Cpl. FC Mackney
    Next for duty: Cpl. LH Young

    (Signed) RC Jones 2/Lt.
    Adjutant. 33rd Battalion A.I.F.

    33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force War Diary

  • 5th December 1916 Baths at Acheux

  • 5th December 1916 GOC Inspection


    7.0am, very dull & observation impossible. Enemy very quiet, except for Minenwerfer on left Coy sector.

    Teh National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 5th Dec 1916 Train Cancelled

  • 5th Dec 1916 Artillery Active

  • 5th of December 1916 Spranbroek Group Formed

  • 5th of December 1916 Whiz Bangs

  • 5th Dec 1916 Training

  • Dec 1916 White Frost

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  • Pte. John McLeod. Seaforth Highlanders 5th Bn. A Company Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Arthur James Painting. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Rhodes. Lancashire Fusiliers 9th Btn Read their Story.

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