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

12th May 1915

On this day:

  • 1st Devons suffer casualties from own artillery.   The 1st Devon's record a fairly quiet day, except for the shelling of trench 27. by the enemy, at the cost of several casualties. During the evening our own Artillery, unfortunately placed several shells, in our own trench 28. seriously wounding one man, and killed other ranks 3. wounded other ranks 11. to hospital other ranks 5.

  • Accrington Pals leave Caernarvon   The 11th Btn, East Lancashire Regiment, the Accrington Pals marched out of Caernarvon.

  • 2nd Inniskillings on the March   The 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers marched through Richebourg on their way up to the the line to preparr for their part in the Battle of Festubert.

  • Leicestershire Yeomanry ordered to front line   At 17.00hrs an order arrived for the men of the Leicestershire Yeomanry to march to the front line. They marched through the ruins of Ypres taking the zonnibeke Road to Potijze and relieved the 5th Royal Fusiliers in the front line between Bellawarde Lake and Wieltje.

  • 15th London Battery in action   6th County of London Brigade RFA's 15th London Battery fired nine rounds on working party at ‘K’ works, between 1815 and 1845. 16th London Battery did not fire.

    War Diaries

  • Ops Order for Festuberg   Operation Orders for Battle of Festubert 15th May 1915 to 25th May 1915


    47th London Division Artillery Operation Order no 3. 12th May 1915

    Ref’s Map 1/10000

    1. Under instructions from 1st Corps the following is to be carried out: (a) A deliberate bombardment of all strong points in the enemy’s position in K.1-k.5 to V.3-V.5 (all inclusive) is to be systematically carried out from the earliest hour tomorrow at which accurate observations possible, and to continue throughout the 13th and 14th inst. (b) 7th Div Arty has received instructions to bombard the sector K.3 to K.5 and P.5 to P.9: Second Div Arty the remainder. (c) First Group Heavy Artillery Reserve has received instructions to take part in this bombardment, its objectives being selected under arrangements co-ordinated by OC. Royal Garrison Artillery, 1st Corps, to avoid interference with observation of fire of 2nd and 7th Div. Artillery.

    2. The hostile breastworks both first and second lines from N.1 to P.5 and from R.1 to V.3 are to be particularly dealt with and systematically destroyed. This is to be effected in such a manner as not to attract the enemy's attention unduly in these sections of the front.

    47th Div Arty instructions - 3. The 5th and 6th London Field Artillery Brigades will open fire as early as possible tomorrow morning on points in the direction of Rue D’Ouvert and Rue Du Marais. They are especially to watch for movement of troops and fire on the crossroads, observation stations, headquarters etc. of the Germans which can be located.

    4. Due economy of ammunition is not to be lost sight of. It will therefore be advisable as soon as objectives have been accurately ranged on to deal with them with sharp burst of fire at uncertain intervals Signed D.E. Sherlock Brigade Major London Divisional Artillery. (Note: First Group HAR is part of First Corps Heavy Artillery Reserve units and operated 36 x 6inch Howitzers for heavy bombardment work during this battle.)

    War Diaries

  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium May 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.
    1st Battalion had heavy losses this day.

  • 9th Heavy Battery arrive in France   9th Heavy Battery disembark at Le Havre on May 12th, 1915, entraining the same night for Arques.

  • Another Medical Board   19thField Ambulance report from Erquinghem-Lys "Medical Board on Capt. Cuthbert 3rd Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers for commission in Regular Army by order of Brig-Gen commanding 19th Brigade. Procedures forwarded to Assistant Director of Medical Services 6th Division for approval."

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys

  • 1st Bn Herts relieved by the Cameron Highlanders   Bn was relieved by the Cameron Highlanders and marched to Le Touret.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

  • 12th May 1915 Leeds guardsman duel with German officer

  • 12th May 1915 Risks of Rations

  • 12th May 1915 Bluff Captured

  • 12th May 1915 In Reserve

  • 12th May 1915 Signal Lamps

  • 12th May 1915 Renaming

  • 12th May 1915 Working Party

  • 12th May 1915 Heavy Shelling

  • 12th May 1915 On the March

  • 12th May 1915 Inspection

  • 12th of May 1915 Reliefs

  • 12th of May 1915 Brigade moves completed

  • 12th of May 1915 GOC visit

  • 12th of May 1915 

  • 12th of May 1915 HQ at Poperinghe

  • 12th of May 1915 Night moves

  • 12th of May 1915 Changes to Division

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Thomas Black. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • A/Cpl. John Carr. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Spr. William John Dunn. Royal Engineers 171st Tunnelling Coy Read their Story.
  • Pte. Daniel Durnion. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 1st Btn.
  • Capt. Leslie Shaw Farquharson. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Thomas Henderson. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James Higgins. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. Robert Lamont. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Archibald Marr. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward McDonald. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Aitken McLean. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John McLennan. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Martin Andrew Mulroy. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Shayler Paintin. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Frederick Penfound. Devonshire Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Able Sea. David Tummey. Drake Battalion
  • Cpl. Thomas Wallace. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Watson. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.

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