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

14th October 1914

On this day:

  • 14th Oct 1914 Windy at Sea

  • Misty day in Flanders   A wet misty day when flying was not possible until after 5.30pm Troops of the 19th Brigade and 4th Division BEF occupied Bailleul as the German forces withdrew behind the Lys. They left 85 severely wounded men in the town, but according to those left behind, had evacuated at least 500 with less servere injuries. The British troops moved forward to complete a defensive line with the French and Belgian armies, stretching from Belfort, near the Swiss border to the Flanders Coast. A line which would bulge and flex but remain in place during the following four years.

  • 2 Life Guards meet VI Cav Bde   2 Life Guards are up at 4 and off at 5 am and marched straight off to Ypres meeting up with VI Cav Bde at or near Moorslede and forming one long column. VII Bde found up in Market Place with K Batley RHA and we also met the 3rd Cav Div Staff. A pleasant halt with much excitement at the appearance of a German aeroplane, which was brought down at the expense of about 100 rounds. Both airmen were wounded and subsequently captured, their Iron crosses being seized by the populace. My doctor was shot at, and so was our transport column, but Roxburgh of the Blues shot a German and we were unhurt except that the adjutant’s horse was shot in the leg during the firing at the aeroplane in Ypres square. At 12 we marched off towards Kemmel and listened to a tremendous bombardment all the afternoon in absolute ignorance of the situation. We were all pleased to find ourselves in touch with Chetwode’s and De Lisle’s brigades. We got into rough billets at Kruisstraathoek at 6 pm after 2 very long and severe days for our horses. The [illegible] ones begin to collapse and I sent 3 away today to a depot at Ypres. Trouble is rising from the breast harness which is utterly unsuitable for heavy cart horses. I hope to be allowed to requisition collars locally.

    War Diary

  • 14th October 1914 The Queens on the move again

  • further moves   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA


    Marched at 0800 and crossed further into Belgium. Halted at Westoutre till 1500 then advanced into Kemmel where went into billets at 1830.

    war diaries

  • 14th October 1914 

  • 14th Oct 1914 1st East Lancs on the march

  • 14th Oct 1914 1st East Lancs on the march

  • 14th Oct 1914 German units in Belgium

  • 14th Oct 1914 Enemy Well Informed

  • 14th Oct 1914 Guard Duty

  • 14th Oct 1914 Disapointed

  • 14th Oct 1914 Submarines

  • 14th Oct 1914 Hospital Opens

  • 14th Oct 1914 On the March

  • 14th Oct 1914 In Action

  • 14th Oct 1914 Orders

  • 14th Oct 1914 Alarm

  • 14th October 1914 Continued slow progress in Attack

  • 14th Oct 1914 In Billets

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