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

6th January 1916

On this day:

  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers back in the line   16th Northumberlands go back into the trenches in sector g2 (left of e2) where the battalion spent several months in and out of the line: “the front line system ran along the top of the east bank of the river ancre, which was thickly wooded. the river turned in a big bend, and crossed the line to the left of (the battalion), the trenches running right down to the water, the river being more of a swamp than a well-defined river at this point. opposite and slightly to the left (...) were the ruins of thiepval just behind the german front line. a part of the château still stood and could be seen from (the battalion’s) line.” B Coy suffer casualties from trench mortars; Sgt B.K. Barnes is awarded DCM for action when he and Cpl J Ballantyne rescue four men who are buried in the collapse of a trench.

    records of the 16th (service) battalion northumberland fusiliers captain ch cooke mc, newcastle upon tyne 1923

  • 6th London Batteries Relieved   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Annequin: Except for usual retaliation, no fire was undertaken today. This evening sections of the 15th, 16th and 19th London Batteries were relieved by sections of Batteries belonging to the 3rd Brigade R.H.A and proceeded to relieve French Batteries of the 18th French Division near Fosse 7(Quality Street).

    War Diaries

  • SS Andania in Valetta Harbour   The SS Andania anchored in Valetta Harbour, Malta to replenish supplies and fuel. Officers and WO's of the 13th Btn Yorks and Lancs were allowed ashore, the rest of the men were not.

  • Relocation   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA


    6th Jan - Battery Commander and Lt. Mirrlee to new position, to OP and Battalion HQ. Left section came into action in the evening and relieved a section of the 16th Battery, 6th London Brigade, 47th Division.

    7th to 16th Jan - To OP in the morning and remaining guns came into action in the evening. For the next few weeks the guns were all overhauled by the IOM First Army Bethune.

    8th Jan - Lt Duff to OP with Lt Mirrlees to pick up the country. Took over the wire of 16th Battery and in return gave 3 mles of D3 wire.

    9th to 10th Jan - fairly heavy shelling round the position and on places behind the position but no damage done.

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  • 6th Jan 1916 Home on Leave

  • 6th Jan 1916 Yesterday's Excitement

  • 6th Jan 1916 Enemy Aircraft

  • 6th Jan 1916 Trench Work

  • 6th Jan 1916 Preparations

  • 6th Jan 1916 On the March

  • 6th Jan 1916 On the Move

  • 6th of January 1916 

  • 6th of January 1916 

  • 6th Oct 1916 Gifts

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • 3rdEng. John George Atkinson Hutchinson. SS Coquet Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Smith. The Buffs

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