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



9th August 1914

On this day:


  • First Light Cruiser Squadron attacked by Submarines   On the Sunday morning, the First Light Cruiser Squadron, cruising about 40 miles off Aberdeen, was attacked by a squadron of German submarines. The submarine U-15, rose only a short distance ahead of HMS Birmingham and was quickly disabled by three rounds and was then rammed by the cruiser, the vessel sank, becoming the first German Submarine lost in the Great War.

  • 6th DLI to East Boldon   The Territorials of the 6th Durham Light Infantry left Bishop Auckland for East Boldon.

  • First U-Boat sunk   

    The first lost. SM U 15 (Kptlt. Pohle) was rammed and sunk by British light cruiser HMS Birmingham.

    SM U-15 of II Flotilla was rammed by HMS Birmingham off Fair Isle on the 9th of August 1914. All 25 crew were lost. The engines had apparently failed as she was lying stopped on the surface in heavy fog when HMS Birmingham spotted her and could clearly hear hammering from inside the boat (presumably from attempted repairs). The cruiser fired on her but missed and, as the boat began to dive, she rammed her cutting her in two. This was the first U-boat loss to an enemy warship.

  • Reservists to unit   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Sunday, August 9th, 1914 - Devonport

    The final draft of reservists arrived.

    Appendix I

    Mobilization went off without a hitch, except in the following particulars:

    • 1) No travelling kitchens were available. Their loss was severely felt. They were not issued to the Battalion until 19/11/1914.
    • 2) Difficulty was experienced in obtaining ordinance stores, more especially boots of usual size required
    • 3) The reservists were badly fitted with boots at the Depot. In many cases, also, their serge clothing and caps had to be changed.
    • 4) A mass of correspondence was thrown on Company Officers. Had the Battalion moved on the 8th day, it would have been quite impossible to have completed the documents of the reservists.
      • A: The details in 75% of army books 64 had not been entered correctly. The men had not signed.
      • B: Yellow forms for separation allowance had to be filled in with names of wife and children then signed together - men and Company Officer.
      • C: Almost exactly the same detail had to be taken down in connection with the allotment of pay.
      • D: Wills had not been made.

    SE St. Leger, Major - 2/Royal Irish Regiment.

  • 1st East Lancs in Training   1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment are engaged in Field training and route marching at Colchester from the 9th to 17th of August.

  • 9th Aug 1914 A Hot Day

  • 9th Aug 1914 Boots

  • 9th Aug 1914 Church Parade

  • 3rd Welsh Fusilers to Wrexham   The 3rd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers moved from Pembroke Dock to their HQ in Wrexham.





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