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

12th August 1916

On this day:

  • 50th AIF go into Front line on The Somme   50th Battalion AIF moved into the front line at Wire Trench near La Boisselle on the Somme. They were quickly ordered forward to relieve the 16th Battalion. Upon reaching Tom's Cut, the movement was spotted by enemy observers and a heavy barrage rained down. They met the men of the 16th in Park Lane with both battalions, crowding into the trench as the exchange took place. The heavy barrage continued until 7.30pm when it eased somewhat. The 50th suffered heavy losses, especially amongst officers and NCOs.

  • Movements   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery leave Havernas and the Brigade moved to Behencourt, marching off at 1200 and arriving at 1800. The route was via Flesselles, Villers Bocage, Molliens au Bois and Montigany. OC. Brigade and Battery Commanders proceeded to look at the new Gallery position near Mametz now occupied by 23 Divisional RFA.

    War Diaries

  • Submarine KUK U12 lost   Submarine k.u.k. U12 is sunk on the 12th August 1916.

  • 12th August 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 12th August 1916 rest and relocation

  • 12th August 1916 Squadron training

  • 12th Aug 1916 The Splendid Sherwoods

  • 12th Aug 1916 Thick Fog

  • 12th Aug 1916 On the March


    Misty morning. Clear later & hot. 2 Lt G.H. LEAN reported for duty.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 12th Aug 1916 Bathing

  • 12th Aug 1916 Under Shellfire

  • 12th Aug 1916 Air Raid

  • 12th Aug 1916 Reliefs Completed

  • 12th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 12th Aug 1916 Training

  • 12th Aug 1916 Conditions

  • 12th Aug 1916 Quiet

  •  Too Hot

  • 12th Aug 1916 Cellars

  • 12th August 1916 

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. James Lamb. Royal Scots Fusiliers 6th/7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Herbert David "Herbie" Lambert. King's Liverpool Regiment 1/9th Btn.
  • Pte. Thomas Paget Sudlow. 11th Btn. Read their Story.

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