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

15th April 1918

On this day:

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    0900. Moved to Regent Street dugouts. C Company manned outpost positions and was attacked. Captain Crosbie wounded and died same day.

    War Diaries

  • 100 men receive suspended court-martial   One hundred men of the 7/8 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers received a suspended court-martial on the same day. The battalion was being disbanded and they went on strike to prevent it. The high number of non Irish soldiers striking shows the camaraderie and respect these merged replacements had for a regiment they previously had no attachment to. The unusual event was remarkable in that the sentence normally punishable by death was suspended. They all went back to fight the following day.

  • Relief   The 6th Battalion West Riding Regt was relieved in the early morning, at 4am., by two companies of the 5th. North Staffs. On relief, the battalion proceeded to the vicinity of a farm near St. Hans Cappel (map reference S1d, sheet 28) where breakfasts were served and the men cleaned their rifles and Lewis guns and rested.

    At 6am. orders were received that, in case of emergency, the battalion would hold a reserve line (not yet dug) just in front of the road in map reference S1d. From 11am., the battalion was placed in the 9th. Corps reserve. At about 5pm., it became very evident that it was necessary to dig the aforementioned reserve line with all speed as the enemy was reported to be attacking from Bailleul to Crucifix Corner (map reference S16b). Tools were got up and the line was dug and manned. The situation remained quiet. At about 7.45am, our troops that had relieved us the previous night (and others) were seen withdrawing from south of Bailleul. Much confusion was caused by the bad state of their morale and to the fact that they crowded into our trenches and did not appear to have the slightest organisation. At about 11pm., orders were received to send all the 176th. Brigade men back to Locre and, as soon as the line was cleared, work proceeded again. Patrols were pushed out with a view to gaining early news of the enemy's presence.

    Casualties on this day for 6th Battalion West Riding Regt were 265432 Private P. N. Blenkarn (Missing), 266421 Private J. McBurnie (Missing), 203023 Private S. Ramsden (Killed in Action), 267891 Private S. M. Smith (Wounded).

  •    LA BECQUE

    Early morning at about 6.30am relieved by C Coy 5th Battalion TANK CORPS and marched to BORRE.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 15th Apr 1918 Question of Withdrawal

  • 15th Apr 1918 Reliefs

  • 15th Apr 1918 Reliefs Completed

  • 15th Apr 1918 On the March

  • 15th Apr 1918 On the Move

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Edmund Adams. King's Own Scottish Borderers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frank Allen. Cheshire Regiment 2nd Btn. B Coy.
  • Pte Frank Allen. Cheshire Regiment 2nd Btn. B Coy.
  • Pte. Thomas Edward Beaver. North Staffordshire Regiment 2/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Sydney Bowker. South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Burke. 18th Batttalion
  • 2nd Lt. Reginald John Burton. Worcestershire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Darch. Dorset Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Hainsworth. Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. Alec Hill Holroyd. Lincolnshire Regiment 1st. Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Kettlewell. Northumberland Fusiliers 25th (Tyneside Irish) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Ernest S. Peirson. Durham Light Infantry 5th Btn.
  • Pte. Frederick George Wiggins. Sherwood Foresters 2/5th Battalion Read their Story.

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