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



5th November 1914

On this day:


  • VAD Hospital opens in Charlton Kings   The Abbotts VAD hospital, Cheltenham, opened in Moorend Park, Charlton Kings on the 5th of November 1914.

  • 5th Nov 1914 1st Herts proceed to France

  • Pioneering work - trenches   

    16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (Pioneers) - Trench Wiring Work. A vital tactic to deter enemy attacks was the positioning of rows of Barbed Wire around the top of the trenches. It was merely a small deterrent as it was vulnerable to artillery fire with batteries engaging in "Wire Cutting" either to disrupt enemy work or to clear a way through for assault purposes.

    The amount of equipment needed presented many a challenge to the Pioneers particularly during attacks and modifications needed if the infantry managed to hold new forward positions, involving a thousand or more yards of wiring overnight in areas targeted by enemy artillery.

    A typical 1000 yards of fencing needed:

    • 400 long pickets
    • 800 short pickets
    • 180 coils of barbed wire (65 yards each)
    • 40 coils of barbed wire (130 yards each)

    This could be erected by a company of men in about an hour, but the time and effort to get it to the new position and laid out for installation is enormous. Pickets were screwed into the ground as the work had to be carried out in near silence at night so as not to alert the enemy.

  • 22nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers raised   22nd Battalion (3rd Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers is formed at Newcastle on the 5th of November 1914, by the Lord Mayor and City.

  • 2nd West Yorks proceed to France   2nd West Yorks landed at Le Havre on the 5th of November 1914 as part of 23rd Brigade, 8th Division, forming up at Hursley Park near Winchester.

  • Return to 5th Cavalry Brigade   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Same as before but fired a little and at 1730 were relieved and withdrawn to billets at St Jans Cappel which we reached at 2000.

  • 3rd Dragoons go into trenches   The weather was very cold and wet and the camp was shelled during the afternoon of the 5th, when three men were wounded. The 6th Cavalary Brigade which the 3rd Dragoon Guards had now joined, had been almost continuously in action since they landed in Belgium. They had suffered severely, the reinforcement therefore being very welcome. The regiment had not long to wait for their first action, as every man was needed in the line. At 5:30pm on the 5th they paraded dismounted, and marching through Hooge, took over the trenches on the eastern front of Herenthage Woods, south of Ypres-Menin road, at 10:00pm. A Squadron was in the centre with a machine gun, B squadron on the right and C on the left with another machine gun. The trenches were very inadequate. Men had to climb over the top from one trench to another. Several were killed whilst so doing by snipers and shell fire.

  • 5th Nov 1914 1st East Lancs in reserve

  • 5th Nov 1914 More losses for 1st North Staffs

  • 5th Nov 1914 Great Havoc Wrought

  • 5th Nov 1914 Under Shellfire

  • 5th Nov 1914 Prisoner Taken

  • 5th Nov 1914 13th Londons on the Move

  • 5th Nov 1914 Perfectly Hopeless

  • 5th Nov 1914 Defence Work

  • 5th Nov 1914 Under Shellfire





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Thomas William Foley. South Staffordshire Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Harris. Cameron Highlanders 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Thomas James Lodge. Rifle Brigade 1st Btn. Read their Story.

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