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13th February 1916 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



13th February 1916

On this day:


  • German Mine Exploded   6th County of London Brigade RFA report that aAt 0730 the Germans exploded a mine on the South West corner of Harrisons Crater. The 15th & 16th London Batteries fired on communication trenches. No more work was done on the new German trenches. During the night the 16th London Battery fired down roads. A working party on Hants Crater prevented the 15th London Battery from firing on the new trench until midnight.

  • 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy   

    Communion Service held at billets by C. of E. clergyman who came down at request of one of the men.

  • 3rd Monmouths go into the line at Albert   After a few days spent in training the battalion moved on Feb 13th to the line just north of Albert, with the Battalion Headquarters at Bouzincourt. The various companies set about their new tasks. A company repairing roads near Bouzincourt, B Company building a light railway through Aveluy Wood across the Ancre marshes and on to Theipval Wood and C and D Companies working on “ Northumberland Avenue ” a new road running from Bouzincourt to Martinsart. Although the 49 th Division was relieved on March 5 th , the 3rd Mons were left to carry on their pioneer work in the “forward area”. They were split up to work on various engineering schemes throughout April and May. D Company began construction of new road from Forceville to Englebeimer, which become known as “ Monmouth Road ”. It was completed on June 20 th . By this time, tension was running high, as the opening for the Battle of the Somme had been set for the July 1st 1916.

  • 13th Feb 1916 Mine Detonated

  • 13th Feb 1916 Enemy Active

  • 13th Feb 1916 Exchange of Fire

  • 13th Feb 1916 On the March





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