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



10th May 1915

On this day:


  • New Scheme   From today a scheme is to be adopted for 'annoying' the enemy, by shelling different spots at irregular intervals. Shelling Battalion Headquarter's roads down which enemy are likely to pass. The French are making continued good progress further south. Today the 15th London Battery are to bombard J1 to J3 and the 16th London Battery to bombard the communication trench in the Rue D’Ouvert. 15th London Battery fired nine rounds between 0345 and 0615, ten rounds at 0710, twenty four rounds at 0930 and fourteen rounds at 1520. Six direct hits. 16th London Battery fired one hundred and thirty two rounds at irregular intervals between 0035 to 1515. 17th London Battery did not fire. Lieut N V Brasnett, detailed for reinforcements 2nd London Division RFA

    War Diaries


  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.
    A message came to the effect that all was not well on the left. B Coy was ordered to move out to the left in support and to clear up the situation. On arrival it was found the unit on our left had been driven from its trenches by the combined effect of shells and gas. Seeing the enemy about to occupy the trench in some strength, Captain Farquharson advanced his company at the double and the enemy fled in disorder. B Coy had 1 man wounded. The company occupied the trench and proceeded to make the flank more secure.
    Casualties this day: Killed 2 men. Wounded 13 men. (1 since died of wounds)

  • Arrangements for Respirators   Proceeded to Nieppe with ADMS* South Midland Division to see the arrangements made for the use of Mouth Pads and Respirators. Further new orders received from 3rd Corps with regard to Respirators - cancelling all previous orders. * Assistant Director of Medical Services

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys


  • 3rd Monmouths withdrawn from line   B Coy 3rd Monmouths were finally withdrawn on the morning of May 10th and marched back to Vlamertinghe where they rejoined what was left of the rest of the battalion.

  • Ongoing defensive adjustments   1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

    10th May 1915

    Situation as before but not such heavy shelling as on 9th. 3 platoons of B coy, which had occupied a trench in front of our wire, filled in this trench and 2 platoons joined D coy in reserve while the third dug in as immediate support to A coy on the left.

    11th May

    D coy and B coy less 1 platoon in the breastworks dug in on a new support line 200 yards in rear of the front line.

    12th May

    Steady bombardment of the trenches with Jack Johnsons continued throughout most of the day. A coy suffered severely.

    Note: Jack Johnsons was a nickname for the impact of German 150mm shells. Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was the name of the popular U.S. (born in Texas) world heavyweight boxing champion who held the title from 1908-15.

    war diaries


  • 10th May 1915 2nd Ox & Bucks in the line.

  • 10th May 1915 7th Northumberlands on the Move

  • 10th May 1915 On the March

  • 10th May 1915 Encounter with the Enemy

  • 10th May 1915 UnLucky Bulllet

  • 10th May 1915 At Rest

  • 10th May 1915 On the March

  • 10th of May 1915 Northumbrians bivouack

  • 10th of May 1915 GOC Visit to HQ

  • 10th of May 1915 Artillery on the march

  • 10th of May 1915 What next for Northumbrians?

  • 10th of May 1915 Staff appointment





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Alexander Patrick Brown. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Horrace John Chapman. Cameron Highlanders Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Dignam. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Emslie. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Charles William Finch. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Holsgrove. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Moodie. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1/19th Dunbartonshire Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Mulgrave. East Lancashire Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Joseph Robson. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rifleman Edwin Spencer. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 3rd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rifleman Charles Arthur Wollerson. King's Royal Rifle Corps 4th Battalion
  • Rifleman Alfred A Wood. The Rifle Brigade 4th Battalion Read their Story.

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  • Items from the Home Front Archive

    9th Plattoon, C Company, 2nd Queen Victoria's Rifles, 9th London Crowborough May 1915
    9th Plattoon, C Company, 2nd Queen Victoria's Rifles, 9th London Crowborough May 1915

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