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



12th August 1914

On this day:


  • 1st Kings Liverpool and 2nd South Staffords embark for France   The 1st Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, embarked onboard the SS. Cawdor Castle at Southampton and set sail for Le Harve at 8:00 pm.

  • New Camp to be built at Catterick   An order is issued by the War Office to construct a new army camp at Catterick in North Yorkshire, on a site recommended by Robert Baden-Powell. Initially named Richmond Camp, 2,000 huts are planned to accommodate two complete divisions, around 40,000 men. The camp was constructed by the Henry Boot Company in 1915.

  • 1st KRRC proceed to France   1st Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps cross to France.

  • U-Boat U-13 sunk   SM U-13 is lost off Heligoland Bight, victim of a mine or accident. 25 dead (all hands lost). A type U 13 she had been built at the Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 8) Ordered 23 Feb 1909 and launched 16 Dec 1910 she was commissioned 25 Apr 1912. She was commanded by Hans Artur Graf von Schweinitz und Krain and sailed with II Flotilla.

    John Doran


  • Departure from Devonport   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Wednesday, August 12th, 1914 - 2245 Devonport.

    A and B Companies, under command of Lt.Col. St.J. A. Cox, left barracks and entrained, destination unknown.

    war diaries


  • 12th Aug 1914 Messaged from the King

  • 12th Aug 1914 On the Move

  • 12th Aug 1914 Training

  • 12th Aug 1914 Review

  • 12th Aug 1914 Inspection

  • 12th Aug 1915 King and country come first





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