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

13th January 1915

On this day:

  • Two Companies of 18th DLI depart Hartlepool.   The two companies of the 18th DLI detatched to Hartlepool for the coastal alert, rejoined the rest of the Battalion at Cocken Hall. They were given a cheery fair well by the people of the town at Hartlepool railway station and were met by the battalion band at Leamside station who played them back to the camp.

  • 13th Jan 1915 Ship Sunk

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-31

    Type U 31 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 191) Ordered 29 Mar 1912 Laid down 12 Oct 1912 Launched 7 Jan 1914 Commissioned 18 Sep 1914.
    1 Aug 1914 - 13 Jan 1915 Oblt. Siegfried Wachendorff

    Career 1 patrols.
    start date unknown - 13 Jan 1915 IV Flotilla

    Successes No successes.

    Fate 13 Jan 1915 - Final fate unknown. Possibly mined off the East coast of the UK. 31 dead (all hands lost).

    There was a wartime rumour that the British had found this boat on the surface with the all the crew dead (from gas poisoning) and then towed the boat to a British base. This rumour is not true.

    There was another U 31 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 25 Sep 1936 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 28 Dec 1936.

    John Doran

  • Brig Gen Bowles visist Redmires Camp   Brigadier General Bowles visits Redmires Camp and observed the men of the Sheffield City Battalion undertaking musketry practice and simulated attacks.

    Sheffield City Battalion - Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield

  • 13th Jan 1915 2nd Queens on the move

  • 13th Jan 1915 Tricky Work

  • 13th Jan 1915 British Bull dogs

  • 13th Jan 1915 Mud and Water

  • 13th Jan 1915 Life Under Fire

  • 13th Jan 1915 Trench Work

  • 13th Jan 1915 Reinforcements

  • 13th Jan 1915 Reliefs

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Fireman James Adam. HMS Viknor Read their Story.
  • Writer 2nd Leslie Charlton Arkle. HMS. Viknor Mercantile Marine Reserve Read their Story.
  • Blacksmith Walter Davison Arthur. HMS Viknor Mercantile Marine Reserve Read their Story.
  • Cooper Thomas Burn. HMS Viknor Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Bradley Dickinson. West Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Carp. Arthur Hartley. HMS Viknor Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Howlett. King's Liverpool Regiment 1st Btn.
  • Carpenter. Donald Campbell Mackay. HMS Viknor Read their Story.
  • Able.Sea. William Pattison. HMS Viknor Read their Story.
  • Able.Sea. John Richardson. HMS Viknor Read their Story.
  • Able.Sea. James Hodgen Riley. HMS Viknor Read their Story.
  • Fireman. John William Sayers. HMS Viknor Read their Story.

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