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



8th January 1916

On this day:


  • Relocations   Lowe Group (6th & 1st London Brigades RFA) is now in position at Les Brebis. The 15th and 16th London Batteries are on the Northern side of Fosse 7 and Batteries of the 1st London Brigade are on the south side of Fosse 7. The 17th London Battery is in Maroc. The 16th & 17th London Batteries each have one gun detached (but near the battery position) in such a position so as to be able to enfilade hostile trenches. Lowe Group covers the front of the 141st Inf Brigade. The day was chiefly spent in registering. The 17th London Battery position was shelled, but no damage was done.

    War Diaries


  • Ship Launch   HMS Godetia was a Arabis-class sloop of the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron. She was launched in 1916, having a displacement of 1350 tons, and was broken up in 1937.

    The Arabis class was the third class of minesweeping sloops and the largest building project completed under the Emergency War Programme for the Royal Navy in World War I. The ships were employed in addition to their minesweeping ability as patrol vessels, tugs, and personnel and cargo transports. The design for the Arabis class was made at the end of 1914. All 36 British vessels were ordered in July 1915, and were built in three batches, averaging 12 vessels. The design was highly appealing, as most shipyards were capable of building them, and construction could be completed in five months.

    John Doran


  • 8th Jan 1916 Last Troops Evacuated

  • 8th Jan 1916 Attack Made by Yeomanry

  • 8th Jan 1916 In the Trenches

  • 8th Jan 1916 Hot Machine Guns

  • 8th Jan 1916 A Aense of Relief

  • 8th Jan 1916 Officials Drowned

  • 8th Jan 1916 Artillery Bombardment

  • 8th Jan 1916 Reliefs

  • 8th Jan 1916 On the Move

  • 8th Jan 1916 On the Move

  • 8th Jan 1916 In Camp

  • 8th Jan 1916 Gas





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Rifleman William Henry Arbuthnot. Royal Irish Rifles 9th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Henry Aspley. Bedfordshire Regiment 7th Bat. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Ernest Dellar. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • CSM John McCarthy. Royal Munster Fusiliers 4th Btn. Read their Story.

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