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



10th April 1918

On this day:


  • 10th Apr 1918 An Officer's Diary

  • Defense   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse), Royal Irish Fusiliers travel by motor lorries to Kemmel and set up to man Kemmel defenses at Lindenhoek Corner.

    War Diaries


  • Company overrun   In Ploegseert Wood, 2nd Lt Preston's company of the 8th Battalion Border Regiment are overrun by the enemy and taken as prisoners of war. 2nd Lt Preston had been killed by sniper fire in the morning whilst going amongst his men instructing them what to do in case of an attack.

  • Orders to Move   Orders were received by the 6th West Ridings at 12.15am to move off from Reninghelct in buses; the buses moved off about 3am. and we arrived at Le Creche at about 5am. We then proceeded to march to the vicinity of Le Veau (map reference B14a, Sheet 36) where the battalion halted and their packs were stacked. Tea was made for the men and the orders for the next moved were issued. Our transport proceeded by road from the Busseboom area to vicinity of Neuve Eglise (map reference T14b, sheet 18).

    The battalion moved off a little after 9am by platoons at 100 yard intervals and took up an assembly position about L'Epinette cross roads (map reference B27b, sheet 36. 'A' and 'B' companies were to the south and 'C' and 'D' companies to the north. The 1/4th. D. of W. were on our right and the 1/7th. D. of W. were on our left. From 10.30am onwards, Erquinghem-Lys was heavily shelled. Orders were received at about 1pm. and the battalion moved across to the Nieppe defences, which consisted of a strong line well wired. Our left rested on Armentieres Road (map reference B16b, sheet Croix du Bac) after readjustement with 1/7th. Battalion. 'B' Company were on the right with the right part of the railway (map reference B28a)and 'D' Company was on the left with the left part on the Armentieres road. 'C' Company was at first in support but later was pushed in to assist 'B' Company.

    'A' Company remained in reserve but sent one platoon to be in close support to 'B' and 'C' Companies. Our trenches filled up all day with stragglers from the 22nd. and 25th. Northumberland Fusiliers and the 15th. and 16th. Royal Scots. One complete company of the 23rd. N. F.'s crowded into the left of our line and came under our C. O.'s orders. A fairly quiet night passed with some shelling on Nieppe and Pont du Nieppe. Gas shells were prevalent.

    Casualties on this day for 6th Battalion West Riding Regt were 10964 Private H. Kilburn (Killed in Action), 19550 Private W. Marsden (Wounded), 24765 Lance Corporal H. Spink (Wounded), 267843 Private C. Sprigg (Wounded) and 267555 Private A Stocks. (Wounded accidentally)

  • 10th April 1918 

  •    At Frevillers 18th DLi engaged in usual training. At 12.30pm they were warned to move to embussing point near Tinques to proceed to area of Lillers and Busnes. Busses did not stop here however but went on to Vieux Berquin.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 10th Apr 1918 On the Move

  • 10th Apr 1918 Under Orders

  • 10th Apr 1918 Enemy Attack

  • 10th Apr 1918 Tending the Wounded

  • 10th Apr 1918 Evacuation

  • 10th Apr 1918 In Action

  • 10th Apr 1918 Messages

  • 10th Apr 1918 Messages

  • 10th Apr 1918 Under Attack

  • 10th Apr 1918 Under Attack

  • 10th Apr 1918 Hard Pushed

  • 10th Apr 1918 Bombardment

  • 10th Apr 1918 Gallant Fighting

  • 10th Apr 1918 In Action

  • 10th Apr 1918 Under Fire

  • 10th Apr 1918 Under Shellfire

  • 10th Apr 1918 In Action

  • 10th Apr 1918 Orders Issued

  • 10th Apr 1918 Reinforcements

  • 10th Apr 1918 Inspection

  • 10th Apr 1918 In Action

  • 10th Apr 1918 In the Line

  • 4th South Staffords withdraw to The Catacombes   Taken form the 4th Battlion South Staffords diary: at Ploegstreet wood. Enemy Attack opened at about 3.30am by heavy shelling of the back area with Gas shells. At 5:30am opened his barrage on the front and support lines, lasted about an hour, then lengthened to the reserve on about the line of grey farm. C. company in the front Line wiped out. Withdrew to Watchful Post owing to severity of shelling. Ordered to reoccupy position but was unable to do so. Battalion withdrew to the catacombs at 2pm. Ordered to reoccupy old positions and re-occupied at 5pm. Bosche attached at 7pm. Grey Farm garrision held, remainder of the battalion withdrew to hill 63 - position isolated - battalion withdrew to Neuve Eglise.





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Albert Ainsworth. Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers)
  • Sgt. Maurice William Harry Baker. Royal Garrison Artillery 1st Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • Qtr.Mstr.Sgt. Harry Vernon Cockbill. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Samuel Cronin. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Trevor Edgar Ellis. MID Machine Gun Corps 40th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte Albert Edward Griffin. Northumberland Fusiliers 22nd (3rd Tyneside Scottish) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Henry Hall. Northumberland Fusiliers 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Hatton. South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Hughes. York and Lancaster Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Stephen Franklin Lovegrove. Seaforth Highlanders 8th Btn Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Taylor Peirson. Yorkshire Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Henry Peters. Royal Engineers 130th Field Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Petticrew. King's Liverpool Regiment 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Carter "WC" Preston. 8th Border Regiment 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Carter "WC" Preston. Border Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Ridell. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Ridley. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Robert Rymer. MM. Machine Gun Corps 150th Coy Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Herbert Shaw. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 15th Battalion att.105th T.M. Bty Read their Story.
  • Pte. Sidney William Skull. Wiltshire Regt. 1st/4th Btn. B Coy. Read their Story.
  • Lt. Reginald Theobald. MC Suffolk Regiment 11th Btn., C Coy. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Walter Tomlinson. Lancashire Fusiliers 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Tulip. Durham Light Infantry 8th Battalion Read their Story.

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