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



11th May 1915

On this day:


  • 1st Devons relieve 5th Cheshires   In the evening 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment left their bivouac and proceeded to relieve the 5th Bn Cheshire Regiment in the trenches near Oosthoek on the Yser canal.

  • 3rd Monmouths in the front line   On May 11th , the 3rd Mons briefly moved back to the front line where the commanding officer Lt Col Gough was wounded. Major Bridge took command and the battalion moved out of the line to bivouacs at Poperinghe. Here they found piles of parcels from home, which it had not been possible to deliver during the battle – most of them were addressed, to men who could no longer receive them.

  • 6th London Brigade RFA Orders   Order received for the 15th London Battery to bombard the points J1, J3, and the 16th London Battery the entrance to the southern communication trench in the Rue D’Ouvert, at a very slow rate of fire. 15th London Battery also fired nine rounds on K.5 between 0545 and 0615, ten rounds on ‘K’ work between 0710 and 0730 and twenty four rounds between 0930 and 1015 on K.3. At 1520 out of fourteen rounds fired at Dogwheel House, six direct hits were obtained. From this date the Division (2nd London) is known as the 47th Division.

    War Diaries


  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.
    Trenches heavily shelled but with little result.
    Trenches held A Coy on the right, D Coy in the centre, B Coy on the left, and C Coy in support.
    The left company worked hard to consolidate there position which was overlooked by the enemy from the left.

  • 9th Heavy Battery proceed to France   9th Heavy Battery RGA proceeded to France

  • Advance party leave Redmires   An advance party of 100 men of the Sheffield City Battalion under Capt. Hoette left Redmires Camp and marched to Sheffield Middle station to entrain for Penkridge Bank Camp on Cannock Chase. They were joined at the station by parties from the 13th and 14th (Barnsley) Battalions and seen off by Brigadier Gen. Bowles.

    Sheffield City Battalion - Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield


  • Hypo supplies arrive   Medical Board assembled to examine as to physical fitness of No 17844 Staff Sgt W A Clenshaw for promotion to a commission in the ASC.

    Received from 19th Infantry Brigade 110 Nip Bottles for solution. Hypo for damping Respirators of Bearers of 19th Field Ambulance.

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys


  • 3rd Monmouths at Frezenberg   On May 11th, the 3rd Mons briefly moved back to the front line where the commanding officer Lt Col Gough was wounded. Major Bridge took command and the battalion moved out of the line to bivouacs at Poperinghe. Here they found piles of parcels from home, which it had not been possible to deliver during the battle, most of them were addressed, to men who could no longer receive them. Edmonds in the Official History of the Great War describes the action of B Company 3rd Monmouth'ss and D Company 1st KOYLI in holding the frontline at Frezenberg as one of the greatest feat of arms of the whole war. Casualties between April 22 nd - May 8 th had been horrendous. Of the 1020 soldiers of the 3rd Battalion the Monmouthshire Regiment who had arrived in France in February 1915 only 134 were left alive on the morning of May 10th. Stragglers reported over the next few days and the strength rose to about 250 in total. On May 14th , what was left of the battalion was moved to the village of Winnezeele in France for a period of rest and reorganisation.

  • 18 Squadron formed   No. 18 Squadron. RFC, was formed at Northolt, Middlesex, on 11th May 1915, from No. 4 Reserve Squadron. From experience at the front it had been recognised that reconnaissance aircraft had to be able to defend themselves from attack by enemy aircraft and 18 Squadron was therefore equipped with the Vickers FB5 Gunbus for fighter-reconnaissance duties. On 19th November 1915 the squadron went to France to the aerodrome at Treizennes.

  • 11th May 1915 Ypres ravaged by war

  • 11th May 1915 Bringing in Wounded

  • 11th May 1915 11th Royal Scots in France

  • 11th May 1915 Trench Work

  • 11th May 1915 Trench Work

  • 11th May 1915 13th Londons in Billets

  • 11th May 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 11th May 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 11th May 1915 On the March

  • 11th May 1915 Reinforcements

  • 11th of May 1915 GOC to Corps HQ

  • 11th of May 1915 RE urgent move

  • 11th of May 1915 Northumbrians to 5th Corps

  • 11th of May 1915 Brigade deployment

  • 11th of May 1915 Working Parties

  • 11th of May 1915 Movement orders

  • 11th of May 1915 Orders issued to move





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Thomas Addison. Lancashire Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Basil John Amyes. Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Read their Story.
  • 2nd.Lt. Mervyn Kebble Anderson. Royal Irish Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Baird. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Clendon James Thomas Barker. Royal Field Artillery 45th Brigade, 5th Batt.
  • Pte. Harry Bayliss. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Bayliss. Royal Warwickshire Regiment Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Boughey. Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Boyce. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. John Tait Coghill. Northumberland Fusiliers 1st/7th Btn Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Arthur Davies. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Arthur Davies. Royal Welch Fusiliers 4th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Alexander Allan Donaldson. Queens Own Cameron Highalnders 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Hugh Frazer. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John William Hall. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James McCue. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 5th (Extra Reserve) Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Murray. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael O'Hara. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harold George James Woodbridge. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.

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