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5th May 1916 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



5th May 1916

On this day:


  • Evening Activity   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Carency report Lt. Barnard returned from leave and took command of 16th London Battery. Lt Bennett returned from trench mortar course. All day it was very quiet. At 1945 we bombarded the enemy front line & communication trenches behind the craters to enable infantry to work on farther lip of the craters. At 1940 a message came through to defend the 17th Corps on our right. Three batteries switched target and started a barrage. It appears that the attack was only a small bombing one and all was quiet again by 2115.

  • Wearside Pals proceed to France   20th Battalion Durham Light Infantry land at Le Havre aboard the SS Arundal, as part of 123rd Brigade, 41st Division.

  • 5th May 1916 Wearside Pals travel to front

  • 5th May 1916 Tactics and inspection

  • 5th May 1916 Searches Continue

  • 5th May 1916 On the March

  • 5th May 1916 Preparing for Attack

  • 5th May 1916 Inspections

  • 5th May 1916 Inoculations

  • 5th May 1916 Training

  • 5th May 1916 Zeppelin





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John James Baddley. Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Martin. Royal Irish Rifles 14th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Watts. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.

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