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

7th May 1915

On this day:

  • RMS Lusitania sunk   The Cunard liner RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by the German U-boat, U-20, 11 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, and sank in 18 minutes with the loss of 1,198 lives. 761 people were rescued. The sinking of the liner turned public opinion in many countries against Germany and contributed to the American entry into the Great War, despite the argument that the ship was a legitimate military target as she was carrying a large quantity of rifle ammunition and other supplies necessary for a war economy, as well as over 1,200 civilian passengers.

    Her Captain, Walter Schwitzer, made the following entry in his log: "The ship stops immediately and heals over to starboard quickly, immersing simultaneously at the bow. It appears as if the ship were going to capsize very shortly. Great confusion is rife on board; the boats are made ready and some of them lowered into the water. In connection therewith great panic must have reigned; some boats, full to capacity are rushed from above, touch the water with either stem or stern first and founder immediately."

  • 6th London Brigade RFA fues shells   6th County of London Brigade RFA: With a view to an attack by the British, the fifty shells were fused. Action expected at dawn tomorrow, but was delayed twenty four hours. Weather very misty. 15th London Battery fired 12 rounds at wire between J1 and J3. 16th London Battery verified registration on M2 and M3. Observation very difficult.

    War Diaries

  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.
    1st Battalion Royal Scots found party 300 strong (two relief's of 150 each) to dig and improve a line of defence through Ypres.
    The party returned without casualties.

  • 7th May 1915 9th Lancers working party

  • Investigation of nephritis cases   19th Field Ambulance report "Several cases have recently occurred showing albuminuria and other symptoms of a nephritis - there is a question of them being of an infective nature, but steps are being taken to elicit some more definite information. Lt. Chandler, Medical Officer Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, has sent in a report on 8 cases which he considers to be of the nature of post-influenzal. This report was sent to Assistant Director of Medical Services 6th Division. A similar case was admitted yesterday and another one today - from records so far obtained there seems to be an interval of 8 days between admissions from respective billets."

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys

  • Heavier Bombardment on Frezenberg Ridge   May 7 th opened with a heavier bombardment, which caused many casualties. There was nothing but the 27th and 28th Divisions between the enemy and Ypres but the British soldier proverbially does not know when he is beaten.

  • Relief Planned   With a view to the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment relieving the Monmouth Regt in the front line the HQ officers, company commanders and machine gun officers visited this regiments lines in the trenches at about 2300.

    war diaries

  • 7th May 1915 In Billets

  • 7th May 1915 Ready for Action

  • 7th May 1915 Having a Hard Time

  •    May 7th 1915 To The Committee of the County Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

    There seems to be at present no necessity for meetings of the Committee. The discipline having been taken out of our hands two months ago, and the administrative duties having been withdrawn a week ago, there seems now very little for the Committee to do. We are nominally responsible for the two Depot Companies; but even there, requisitions for clothing, etc., will be more or less automatic from the Depot, which we are still retaining at Cocken, where there will always be stationed – probably – an Officer, two N.C.O.s, and two or three Privates; where we have reserved two huts, and quarters in the Hall. This plan does not entirely recommend itself to me; but I see no alternative to it at present.

    The Battalion are drawing their own pay on an imprest account; all rations, etc.; are now coming from the A.O. department; and clothing has long been out of our hands. Rifle slings are on the way: if not already received: and I think that - except for occasional small items - our account can be concluded by the end of this month; anyhow, I shall try and send out a draft account by that time.

    The Battalion, itself, marched out on Monday, to proceed by two trains to Cramlington, to the 122nd Brigade Camp; and the remaining 280 men yesterday; they having been detained in consequence of arms inflamed by the really hard time they had at Middlesbrough; where all the night duty had to be done in marching order; and many of the officers got practically no sleep for three days. There are, however, wonderfully few cases of sickness. I think 10 was the number that went yesterday by train; and I hope it speaks well for the sanitary conditions at Cocken; which will be further improved by the building of the new Cookhouse, which I have obtained authority to proceed with (on a contract with the Darlington Construction Co.) for £330, including drainage, laying on water, etc.

    It is now definitely settled that the Bantams succeed us. An advance party with about 30 men came in last Monday; and the remainder, I believe, are to follow shortly. I should like to record to the Committee that the whole place has been left in first rate order. I have not been over the house; but I can answer that the whole of the grounds are perfectly clean. They were, in fact, left in a state which was entirely a credit to the men, as well as the Commanding Officer.

    It is recognised by York that Lord Durham’s sanction is required for any change, or any new departure, at Cocken; but it would appear that I must still be in some sense responsible while our Depot is there.

  • 7th May 1915 At Rest

  • 7th May 1915 Water

  • 7th May 1915 Ready to Move

  • 7th May 1915 Orders

  • 7th May 1915 In Action

  • 7th May 1915 Wounded Arrive

  • 7th May 1915 At Sea

  • 7th of May 1915 Holding the Line

  • 7th of May 1915 At Readiness Level

  • 7th of May 1915 Reconnaissance

  • 7th of May 1915 Conference call

  • 7th May 1915 On the March

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Fmn. W. Barry. SS Lusitania Read their Story.
  • Greaser. Patrick Brennan. SS Lusitania Read their Story.
  • Pte. Crone Thomas Brown. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. B Coy.
  • Pte. William Crockford. Royal Fusiliers 3rd Battalion
  • Pte. Tom Denton. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. George Ure Russell Downie. Royal Scots 5th Btn. (Queen's Edinburgh Rifles) Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Elsdon. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Lt. John E. Holloway. Royal Fusiliers, City of London 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rifleman. Andrew William Kennedy. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Hugh Makin. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • L/Cpl. John McLoughlin. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Morton. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Sgt. George Patience. Seaforth Highlanders 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sjt. James Henry Spaxman. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.

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