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

6th October 1914

On this day:


  • 6th Oct 1914 On the Move

  • Japanese troops occupy German Pacific islands   The German Pacific islands of Palau, the Marianas, the Marshalls and the Carolines were occupied by Japanese troops.

  • First units of the 7th Division land in Flanders   1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment land at Zebrugge with the 7th Division BEF.

  • NZ infantry field day at Miramar   The Wellington Infantry Battalion took part in a field day at Miramar against the Otago Battalion.

  • German Destroyer suffers Explosion   The German Destroyer S13 was lost in the North Sea following an internal explosion.

  • British Sub sinks German Torpedo Boat   British Submarine E9 fired on T116 a German S90 class Torpedo Boat in the North Sea, 11 of the German crew lost their lives.

  • flying Corps HQ at St Omer   On Monday 6th October, Flying Corps HQ is set up in a chateau on a hill between the aerodrome and the town of St Omer.

    Holts Battlefield Guide

  • 2nd Life Guards Brigade embark   2nd Life Guards - War Diary records: Brigade embarked, and great confusion was caused by the separation of [illegible] from Brigades, at Regimental Head Quarters from Regiments and Squadrons from Squadrons.

    War Diary

  • The Queens arrive in Bruges   The 'SS Turcoman' sailed from Southampton at dawn & reached Dover in the afternoon and in company with other transports left after dark and arrived at Zeebrugge at dawn next morning. The right half Battalion reached Zeebrugge in the early morning, disembarked during the day and entrained for Oost Camp a suburb of Bruges, getting into billets after dark.

    War Diary

  • Men measured for uniforms   The men of the newly formed Sheffield City Battalion are measured for uniforms which will be supplied to them. Officers have to pay for their own uniforms and local tailors are engaged in making them. Lee-Metford Rifles begin to arrive to supplement the 23 rifles and single machine gun on loan from Vickers.

    Sheffield City Battalion - Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield

  • Enforced Rest Day   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Genouville Farm. Enforced stay in billets as roads blocked by French Reserve Troops.

    war diaries

  • 6th Oct 1914 7th Division Embark for Belgium

  • 6th Oct 1914 In Billets

  • 6th Oct 1914 On the Move

  • 6th Oct 1914 Artillery In Action

  • 6th Oct 1914 Into Billets

  • 6th October 1914 Divisional entrainment westwards continued

  • 6th Oct 1914 Digging Trenches

  • 6th October 1914 Further moves

  • 2nd Life Guards on board Indira   In the War Diary of the 2nd Life Guards for 6th October 1914 the CO records: "On my ship the Indira were my HQ and 1 Squadron, 1 Squadron 1st Life Guards, and the HQ and 2 Squadrons of the Royal Dragoons who belonged to a different Brigade (VIth)."

    War Diary

  • New Captain for Undaunted   Capt. Cecil H Fox took command of HMS Undaunted, previously under the command of Capt. H Ralph Crooke.

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