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



12th August 1915

On this day:


  •    HMS Zinnia was a Flower-class, Azalea-type, minesweeping sloop. She was built by Swan Hunter and launched on 12th August 1915. She served through the War, and was sold to Belgium on 19th April 1920.

  • Vacancies to be filled   6th County of London Brigade RFA report their vacancies in non-commissioned ranks, caused by death or sickness are being filled by promotion to temporary-acting-rank.

  • 12th August 1915 9th Lancers train

  • Zeppelin Raids on Britain   The four Zeppelin raid was repeated on the night of the 12th/13th August. Two of the Zeppelins again had to turn back, but LZ 40 (L 10) and another Zeppelin continued. LZ 40 was able to bomb Harwich, destroying two houses. One bomb fell in the middle of a street in a crowd staring at the Zeppelin. When it exploded it killed men, eleven women and nine children. Though the anti-aircraft guns fired at them, they were able to get away. The other Zeppelin, found no target and was barely able to make it home due to a violent storm over the North Sea.

  • 12th Aug 1915 Bring a Corksrew

  • 12th Aug 1915 No Swank Permitted

  • 12th Aug 1915 Five Yards from the Enemy

  • 12th Aug 1915 Submarines Menace

  • 12th Aug 1915 Austrian submarine U-3 Sunk

  • 12th Aug 1915 Aerial Torpedo sinks Ship

  • 12th Aug 1915 10th Essex in Billets

  • 12th Aug 1915 Short of Very Lights

  • 12th Aug 1915 Attack Made

  • 12th Aug 1915 Parades





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John Bowes. Leinster Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William George Derrington. Worcestershire Regiment 9th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. William George Derrington. Worcestershire Regiment 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Fay. Leinster Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Walter Gerald Hicks. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Eric Malcolm Stimson. Rifle Brigade 9th Btn Read their Story.
  • Gunner. Sidney John Styles. Royal Field Artillery 60th Brigade, C Battery Read their Story.

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