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

15th October 1914

On this day:

  • 15th Oct 1914 Into Harbour

  • The London Hospital takes Wounded.   After the Fall of Antwerp, a large number of wounded Belgian soldiers were evacuated from hospitals as the German Army advanced. On the night of the 15th of October they boarded Hospital Ships at the channel ports and were conveyed to the safety of England. Across the Home Counties, hospitals mobilised to accept them, the Military Hospitals taking the most severe cases, the big civilian hospitals being next in line. With over 15,000 cases, the Auxiliary Hospitals were also mobilised that night.

    At The London Hospital in Whitechapel, civilian patients were woken moved to other wards, the entire hospital being rearranged, to transform as many wards as possible to accomodate the soldiers. By midnight the new military wards were ready, each with fourty beds made up, the bedclothes turned back, pyjamas, towels and wash things waiting. At the garden entrance, electricians strung up temporary electric lighting and porters brought out every stretcher and wheelchair in readiness for the new arrivals.

  • 2 Life Guards stand to all day   2nd Life Guards were Ready to march at 6 am and stood to all day. Gun fire continues. The Warwickshires came to outpost about 300 yards in front of us, but having dug trenches they withdrew, and some Gordon Highlanders came to outpost also. The system of local requisition was started owing to the impossibility of delivery [illegible] and [illegible] at [illegible]

    War Diary

  • 2 Life Guards in billets at Kruisstraathoek   2 Life Guards remained in billets at Kruisstraathoek with 2 squadrons in farms, one in an old moated Chateau and Headquarters in Cafe La Brasserie.

    War Diary

  • 15th October 1914 2nd Queens in Ypres

  • HMS Hawke lost   Submarine U9 sinks HMS Hawke

  • Sheffield City Battalion on route march   The men of the Sheffield City Battalion undertake their first route march, on this wet and misty day. The route was from their training grounds in the city to Redmires, where their hutted camp is under construction. They drilled on the flat ground which will be their parade ground in the camp, were served sandwiches and tea for lunch then marched back to Sheffield.

  • more action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA


    Started at 0530 and halted most of day about Wytschaete. Lt Maxwell's section went on with the 4th Queens Own Hussars in an attempt to seize the bridge over the River Lys at Comines and had a good deal of close fighting in a very enclosed country with a good deal of success. Returned to billets at Kemmel at 1800.

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  • Ongoing Action   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Thursday, October 15th, 1914 - 1100 Vielle Chapelle

    B Company advanced slightly. 2nd Lieut. W.H. Flinn wounded. ˝ of C Company sent up to reinforce B Company. The line of the Brigade from left to right was as follows - Gordons - Royal Scots - 1 Company Middlesex - ˝ C Company and B Company Royal Irish under Captain G.O.M. Furnell and 1 Company of Middlesex.

    1130 Major General Hamilton Commander of 3rd Division killed by shrapnel bullet while standing on road opposite our trenches, talking to Lieut. Foulkes. Draft of 5 officers (Captain A.W.E. Knox, C.A. French, J.A. Southwick- 4th Battalion, and 2nd Lieuts. T. Nicholson- Special Reserve, and H.G.H. Moore) and 353 men arrived and remained in reserve.

    1300 Our artillery shelled the enemy’s trenches (about 350 yards in front of our South) and the village of St. Vaast. The German artillery replied by shelling our supports - the Battalion supports consisted of A company and ˝ C Company (there were only 3 companies at this time.)

    1415 The line advanced, captured the enemy’s trenches and drove them back through the village of St. Vaast at the point of the bayonet.

    1415 to dusk. The enemy made a stand at the main road from Estaires to Neuf Chapelle, about 1 mile behind their evacuated trenches - Lieut. Laing with Machine Gun reinforced right flank - advance was continued to within 500 yards of main road by dusk and Brigade dug themselves in – After dark the enemy made a further retirement. (Copy of Orders sent to Captain G.O.M. Furnell for the advance in Appendix XIX) [No copy of Appx. XIX in extract from War Diaries]

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  • 15th October 1914 Further moves

  • 15th Oct 1914 1st North Staffs Advance

  • 15th Oct 1914 Attack on Fortified Cottages

  • 15th Oct 1914 On the March

  • 15th Oct 1914 Greatly Anticipated Meal

  • 15th Oct 1914 On the Move

  • 15th Oct 1914 Patients Arrive

  • 15th Oct 1914 Defensive Positions

  • 15th Oct 1914 Advance Continues

  • 15th Oct 1914 Reliefs

  • 15th Oct 1914 Wounded Rejoin

  • 15th October 1914 Change in GOC due to casualty

  • 15th Oct 1914 On the March

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