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

10th October 1914

On this day:

  • 10th Oct 1914 1st North Staffs Entrain

  • Antwerp Falls   The City of Antwerp is formally surrendered to the German Forced by the military governor Gen. Deguise.

    "Antwerp did not fall, thanks to British interventions, till October 10th. By that time, Sir Henry Rawlinson was in Ghent with a substantial force, the Belgian Field Army had retreated and rested and the left wing of the British forces was at Bailleul. The result was that the three forces could stand on the line of the Yser, and bar the road to Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk. For this decisive success had been sacrificed the lives of 7 officers and 58 men and 3 officers and 185 men wounded. It is impossible to speak lightly of such losses, but the sacrifice … was certainly not in vain”. Charles James Black, (R.M.L.I., PO 17226) aged 16 years and 11 months.

  • 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment raised   11th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment is raised at York on the 10th of October 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army, they join 69th Brigade, 23rd Division.

  • 2nd Life Guards take six German prisoners   The 2nd Life Guards War Diary records: 6 German prisoners taken through en route for Bruges. Ordered to march at 12 midday to Beernem, which we did, meeting a long cohort of Belgian Infantry and Artillery, apparently in some disorder and said to be coming from Antwerp. New orders arrived with the Brigadier at Beernem and we marched to billet at Roodevoorde but on arrival found it filled with Belgian troops, so marched on to a chateau one mile north of Evezeple Ingilmunster. Find the hospitable natives are a great hindrance to discipline. The Country seems very ill suited for Country tactics, and recalls the more unhospitable parts of the English Fens. I think that with few exceptions, Reservists of more than 12 years service are useless and have frequently offered a bad example to younger men. Neither men nor young officers seem at first to understand the serious side of War and even with experience of the South African War seems rather harmful than otherwise. My Regiment consists of men of 13 different Cavalry Regiments; 180 of my own and 374 of 12 other Regiments. The rations seem excellent and up till now the transport arrangements are equally so. I would urge the wisdom of the issue of the new small ration biscuit instead of the old large one. It is more palatable, more easily carried and can be eaten by men whose teeth are faulty. I think that the transport is not sufficient for the men's clothes. They can carry practically nothing on their horses and consequently suffer from cold and want of cleanliness. Considerable trouble from severe cold and stranglers has [illegible] away the horses. This began at Ludgershall and continues here. Glorious autumn weather but very cold nights and early mornings.

    War Diary

  • 2nd Btn Royal Irish Regiment suffer greatly at La Basse   2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment is virtually destroyed as a battalion near Le Pilly during the Battle of La Bassée with many men taken as POWs between the 10th and 24th of October when the battalion transferred to the lines of communication.

  • 10th Oct 1914 2nd Queens on the move in Belgium

  • New CO for Sheffield City Battalion   Lt.Col. Charles V. Mainwaring takes command of the Sheffield City Battalion taking over from Col Hughes.

    Sheffield City Battalion - Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield

  • further moves   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Roquetoire. Started at 0610 and marched into billets at Roquetoire around 1800 as a reserve to French second line troops holding the line of the canal through Aire.

    war diaries

  • 1st East Lancs on the march    At 1400 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment marched to Magny (Compiegne) via La Croix St Ouen arriving at 1900. During this march we passed through St Sauveur and were recognised by the inhabitants. At 2215 Entrained but did not leave until 0145.

  • 10th Oct 1914 A German Souvenir

  • 10th Oct 1914 More Good than Harm

  • 10th Oct 1914 Tales from France

  • 10th Oct 1914 Guard Duty

  • 10th Oct 1914 Lacking Artillery

  • 10th Oct 1914 On the March

  • 10th Oct 1914 Holding the Line

  • 10th Oct 1914 Reliefs

  • 10th Oct 1914 Reliefs

  • 10th Oct 1914 Inro Billets

  • 10th October 1914 Further Moves by motor Buses via Hesdin

  • 10th Oct 1914 Enemy Attack

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