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



13th July 1916

On this day:


  • Daily Battery Activity 236th London Brigad   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery are at Aix-Noulette. Batteries carried out strafes on road, dump etc. B236 Battery fired 26 rounds on ---- de HIR---LLE obtaining several hits. Trench Mortars cut wire from 1430 to 1800 covered by fire from 18 pounders.

  • 8th East Yorks in action   The 8th East Yorks Regt. left Carnoy at 21.20hrs marching past Montauban at 22.10hrs reaching their place of deployment at 02.00hrs (exact location not recorded). Upon cessation of artillery bombardment of the enemy an assault was launched against the enemy. They encountered heavy rifle and machine gun fire from at least 7 machine guns. It was impossible to make ground because of the "very lights" sent up and those untouched by enemy fire took cover in shell holes. Colonel B.I.Way and 2nd Lt.R Longtaff retired for the place of assembly under a bank, the men dug themselves in. Colonel Way had been wounded in the arm and leg, he was subsequently relieved by Major Brewis. at 06.45hrs. By now our machine guns had been mounted and Stokes mortars were in use. At 07.00hrs men from the Royal Scots Fusiliers joined the unit. At 07.40 "Whizz banging" started and at 07.45hrs Lieutenant Hext, Royal Field Artillery, reported that Bezentin was in possession of the 9th Brigade and he was forming his men up in order to bomb inwards. At 07.50 Major Brewis ordered two guns of the machine gun company to take up position behind covering the right flank,and placed lieutenant Newbiggin of the Royal Scots of the extreme right. Intelligence was that Royal Scots Fusiliers were going to attack the right flank of their objective. A patrol was sent out by order of the 8th Bde, from the right flank up to the wire to see if any of our men were in the enemy's trenches, and holding their own.

    At 08.40hrs. Colonel Forbes, commanding 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers arrived with reinforcements and took over command.09.00hrs. Instructions received from Brigade to send out patrol with the same orders as 08.00hrs. 09.30hrs. both patrols reported having been up to the wire and were certain that the enemy's front line was strongly held. They could hear none of our men in the trench. 09.45 hrs Stokes guns fired several rounds. At 10.15hrs Another patrol reported having been up to the wire and confirmed the previous report that the enemy front line was being strongly held (there is an alteration at this point where the phrase "But they heard no sounds of heavy fighting inside the trenches" to " (and they heard sounds of heavy fighting inside the trenches). This information was passed to Colonel Forbes who was in command.

    At 10.20hrs Colonel Forbes sent for Major Brewis (E. Yorks. R) and it was decided to send all available bombers supported by two platoons of Royal Scots Fusiliers, guided by the patrol of E. Yorks. Regt., to try and join (the words "Heavy fighting" are crossed out here) on the right flank. 10.30hrs. Message from "Spring" stating "Bombing is to start from Bazentin"

  • 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary   

    Hill 60 Noises reported at Nos.6 L.P. & 10 L.P. and in 13 main gallery.

  • 13th July 1916 Ongoing moves

  • 13th July 1916 On the Move

  • 13th Jul 1916 Reinforcements Urgently Required

  • 13th Jul 1916 Troops on the move

  • 13th Jul 1916 New Arrivals

  • 13th Jul 1916 Gun Drill

  • 13th Jul 1916 At Rest

  • 13th Jul 1916 Reliefs

  • 13th Jul 1916 Recce

  • 13th Jul 1916 Inspection





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. S. Grant. Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Btn
  • L/Cpl. William James Hardy. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 17th Btn Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Charles Spencer Minch. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 13th Btn.
  • Pte. Walter Thompson. South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Townsley. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas White. Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Btn. Read their Story.

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