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10th May 1915On 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
- 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
- 3rd Monmouths withdrawn from line B Coy 3rd Monmouths were finally withdrawn on the morning of May 10th and marched back to Vlamertinghe where they rejoined what was left of the rest of the battalion.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.
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.
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.
- 10th May 1915 2nd Ox & Bucks in the line.
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- 10th May 1915 On the March
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9th Plattoon, C Company, 2nd Queen Victoria's Rifles, 9th London Crowborough May 1915
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