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



13th August 1914

On this day:


  • 9th Lancers on parade   Lieutenant-Colonel D G M Campbell held a dismounted parade and recalled all the great deeds of the Regiment's history, including the Indian Mutiny where the 9th had won more VCs than any other. Also of the Boer War when Lt MacDonald and his men had defended their position to the death. "You are going forth to war," Campbell told them, "with the greatest traditions to uphold."

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  • 1st Kings Liverpool and 2nd South Staffords arrive in France   The 1st Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, disembark from the SS. Cawdor Castle at Le Harve to a joyous welcome. They march from Le Harve Docks to their entraining point, boarding the train which arrived at 2:00 pm.

  • 1st Royal Fusiliers ready to entrain   The 1st Royal Fusiliers were recalled to the barracks at Kinsale in the middle of a route march, but no trains were available to transport them to Cork.

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  • 1st South Wales Borderers sail for France   1st Battalion South Wales Borderers, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, departed from Bordon Camp and sailed to Le Harve with the BEF.

  • New recruits at Barnard Castle Barracks   An NCO and 100 new recruits arrive at Barnard Castle Barracks, a number of the men will be billeted in the town during their training.

    Teesdale Mercury


  • 2nd KRRC land in France   2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps proceeded to France on the 13th of August 1914, landing at Le Havre.

  • 7th Devons leave Exeter   7th (Cyclist) Battalion Devonshire Regiment arrived at Norton-on-Tees, Durham in the evening.

    MbroGazette 14Aug14


  • Embarkation   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Thursday, August 13th, 1914 - 0015 Devonport

    A and B Companies left Devonport and arrived at Southampton at 0700. C and D Companies under command of Major SE St. Leger followed about an hour afterwards. Embarked on the SS Henschell at 2100. No Naval Officer was present to hand the ship over to us and allot berths; as a result a dug out Naval officer appeared on the scene about midnight and then wanted to shift all the companies to make room for another unit. We steamed out with the Connaught Rangers all mixed up with us, and yet on the following morning it was found that two portions of the lower deck were unoccupied and capable of holding 500 men.

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  • 13th Aug 1914 

  • 13th Aug 1914 On the Move

  • 13th Aug 1914 On the March

  • 13th Aug 1914 On the Move

  • 13th Aug 1914 On the Move

  • 13th August 1914 Advance Party arrival in Concentration Area

  • 13th Aug 1914 1st Cameronians mobilise





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