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

13th May 1915

On this day:

  • Daily Battery Activity   6th County of London Brigade RFA report Lt Col R J Machugh, OC. Brigade reported sick proceeded to hospital in Bethune and his place was taken by Lt Col A C Lowe DSO who had hitherto commanded the 47 Division Ammunition Column. 15th London Battery did not fire. 16th London Battery fired four rounds at the Orchard, and twelve rounds at N.6.

    War Diaries

  • Enemy attacks on British Ammunition Dump   The British ammunition dump at Wieltje is attacked by the enemy. L/Sgt Douglas Belcher of the 1/5th City of London Battalion, London Regiment was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in breaking up enemy attacks under continuous fire to protect the supplies: "Early in morning, when in charge of a portion of an advanced breastwork south of the Wieltje-St Julien Road during a very fierce and continuous bombardment by the enemy, which frequently blew in the breastwork, Lance Sergeant Belcher with a mere handful of men elects to remain and endeavor to hold his position after the troops near him have been withdrawn. By his skill and great gallantry he maintains his position during the day, opening rapid fire on the enemy, who are only 150 to 200 yards distant, whenever he sees them collecting for an attack. There is little doubt that the bold front shown by this NCO prevents the enemy breaking through on the Wieltje Road and averts an attack on the flank of one of our divisions".

    Holts Battlefield Guide

  • 1st Battalion Royal Scots Belgium & France 1914 - 1915.   

    The 1st Battalion Royal Scots position on 13th May 1915 shown on map (1/R. Scots)

    1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.

  • 9th Heavy Battery on the march   9th Heavy Battery where it detrain at Arque on the night of the 13th then march to Helfaut, resting there until midday the 16th,

  • Maiden Flight LZ40 (L10)   Zeppelin LZ40(L10)

    • Production Ref: LZ40
    • Class type: P
    • Tactical Ref: L10
    • Usage: Military.
    • First Flight: 13th May 1915


    8 reconnaissance missions around the North Sea and 5 attacks on England dropping a total of 9,900 kg (21,800 lb) of bombs. Destroyed in a thunderstorm on 3 September 1915 near Cuxhaven killing 19 crew members.

    John Doran

  • Sheffield City Battalion leave Redmires   The Sheffield City Battalion marched out of Redmires Camp at 6.15am, some hours earlier than originally planned, due to railway timetabling, much to the disappointment of the city officials how had planned a huge fairwell for them. Never the less huge numbers turned out to see them off.

    As they marched into Manchester Road they were joined by the bands of the Sheffield Engineers and the Hallamshires. They were joined by their mothers, wives and girlfriends as they marched through the streets in a relaxed formation. The Battalion formed up outside the Town Hall surrounded by a crowd of over 5000 to hear farewell speeches from the Lord Mayor and his deputy. The CO called for three cheers and the battalion marched along Fargate and High Street to the Midland Station where they departed for Rugeley on board two trains at 8.25 and 9.50 am.

    On arrival in mid afternoon, they marched from Rugeley up the hill to Penkridge Bank Camp on Cannock Chase, to find their new home 'half finished and very cold'.

    Sheffield City Battalion - Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield

  • Lieutenant found unsuited to Field Ambulance work    After a spell of real summer weather- a wet day.

    Heavy gunfire in the south all day.

    Sent in report on Temp Lt. Gibbons as being unsuited for a Field Ambulance.

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys

  • 1st Bn Herts at Le Touret   At Le Touret the Bn bivouacked.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

  • 13th May 1915 Ongoing Action

  • 13th May 1915 Counter attack

  • 13th May 1915 Cavalry in action

  • 13th May 1915 Heavy Fighting

  • 13th May 1915 11th Hussars endure Bombardment

  • 13th May 1915 7th Northumberlands on the March

  • 13th May 1915 

  • 13th May 1915 In Reserve

  • 13th May 1915 Trench Work

  • 13th May 1915 13th Londons in Billets

  • 13th May 1915 Heavy Casualties

  • 13th May 1915 Under Shellfire

  • 13th May 1915 Heavy Shelling

  • 13th May 1915 In Support

  • 13th of May 1915 Bombardment of front line

  • 13th of May 1915 149th to Ypres

  • 13th of May 1915 DLI to Cavalry Division

  • 13th of May 1915 DLI to re-join HQ

  • 13th of May 1915 Northumbrians going forward

  • 13th of May 1915 149th into huts at Ypres

  • 13th of May 1915 

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • PO. James John Beauchamp. HMS Goliath Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Henry Boyle. Essex Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • PO(Stoker) Frederick Richard Brook. HMS Goliath. Read their Story.
  • Capt. Thomas V.T. Thacker Neville. 3rd Dragoon Guards Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Caesar Robinson. East Lancashire Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Archie Stacey. Border Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Archie Stacey. Border Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Thatcher. Hampshire Regiment 1st Battalion
  • Pte. Thomas William White. Gloucestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion
  • Pte. Albert Foster Wood. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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    Soldiers on a Bridge at Fiskerton Camp
    Soldiers on a Bridge at Fiskerton Camp

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