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

13th October 1915

On this day:

  • 6th London RFA Brigade prepare   Wednesday, The Colonel and the Adjutant of 6th County of London Brigade RFA went to Mazingarbe to see positions for the Brigade. Battery Commanders went up to reconnoitre positions. Twenty five men per battery and thirty men from the Ammunition Column left Marles in ten wagons to dig gunpits near Philosophe. Lt Moore took charge of this party.

    War Diaries

  • 1st Battalion Royal Scots in France 1915.   1st Battalion Royal Scots in France 1915.

  • 13th Oct 1915 9th Lancers parade

  • Zeppelin raid on London   13th October 1915.

    After three more raids were scattered by the weather a five-Zeppelin raid which became known as the "Theatreland Raid" was launched by the Navy on 13 October. Arriving over the Norfolk coast around 1830 the Zeppelins encountered new ground defences installed since the September raid under the guidance of Sir Percy Scott. These new gun sites proved ineffective, although the airship commanders commented on the improved defences of the city. A 13-pounder near Broxbourne was put out of action by three bombs dropped from L 15, which continued to London and began bombing over Charing Cross, the first bombs striking the Lyceum Theatre and the corner of Exeter and Wellington Streets, killing 17 and injuring 20.

    Further bombs were dropped on Holborn: as the airship neared Moorgate it was engaged by a new 75 mm gun sited at the Honourable Artillery Company grounds in Finsbury. L 15 quickly recognised this new threat and jettisoned ballast, dropped only three more bombs (one landing on Aldgate High Street causing much damage) before departing, having suffered some engine damage from the shells. L 13 dropped some bombs around Guildford and later others near Woolwich. L 14 dropped bombs on Otterpool Army Camp near Folkestone, killing 14 soldiers and injuring 12, and later bombed Tonbridge and East Croydon. Both the other Zeppelins, L 16 and L 11 were even further off course, L 16 dropped up to 50 bombs on Hertford and L 11 scattered a few bombs over Norfolk before heading home. In total, 71 people were killed and 128 injured.

    This was the last raid of 1915, as bad weather coincided with the new moon in both November and December 1915 and continued into January 1916.

    There were a total 20 raids in 1915, in which 37 tons of bombs were dropped, killing 181 people and injuring 455.

    John Doran

  • 13 Oct 1915 

  • 13th Oct 1915 6th South Staffs in action

  • 13th Oct 1915 In the Attack

  • 13th Oct 1915 5th North Staffs in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 6th South Staffs in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 Accounts of the Fight

  • 13th Oct 1915 Support Battalions Advance

  • 13th Oct 1915 4th Lincolns & Leicesters in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 In the Attack

  • 13th Oct 1915 7th Sherwoods in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 5th Leics in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 1st Queens in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 Terriers Charge

  • 13th Oct 1915 1st North Midland Engineers in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 7th Northumberlands in the Trenches

  • 13th Oct 1915 Working Parties & bathing

  • 13th Oct 1915 On the Attack

  • 13th Oct 1915 Trench Routine

  • 13th Oct 1915 5th Lincolns in Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 In Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 Men to be Proud Of

  • 13th Oct 1915 Bravery as Searchlight Draws Fire

  • 13th Oct 1915 Losses Suffered

  • 13th Oct 1915 In Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 Diversion

  • 13th Oct 1915 Artillery In Action

  • 13th Oct 1915 Working Parties

  • 13th Oct 1915 Advance Party

  • 13th Oct 1915 In Reserve

  • 13th of October 1915 Grenade School

  • 13th of October 1915 Grenade School

  • 13th of October 1915 Bread Shortage

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Frederick Guildford Adams. Royal Sussex 2nd Btn. D Coy . Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alfred Edward Allison. Lincolnshire Regiment 5th Battalion
  • Sgt. William Bagguley. North Staffordshire Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Barnes. Gloucestershire Regiment 10th Btn.
  • Pte. Richard Brannick. Royal Lancaster Regiment 8th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Brealey. North Staffordshire Regiment North Staffo 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Thomas Christelow. GSM, DSO. North Staffordshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Percy Wilkinson Day. Lincolnshire Regiment 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Denis William Dwyer. Middlesex Regiment 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alfred Hall. Royal Berkshire Regiment 8th Btn. B Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Gilbert Moulton. North Staffordshire Regiment Read their Story.
  • Capt. Francis Mount. Royal Berkshire Regiment 5th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Pitt. South Staffordshire Regiment 1/6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Price. South Staffordshire Regiment 5th Btn. A Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Smith. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Wallis. Lincolnshire Regiment 5th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Frank Warren. Leicestershire Regiment 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Walter Sydney Warren. Leicestershire Regiment 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Eric Woollard. Suffolk Regiment 7th Battalion Read their Story.

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