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16th August 1916 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



16th August 1916

On this day:


  • 13th Kings Liverpool attack Guillmont   Made an attack on the village of Guillmont, attack failed with heavy casualties due to poor preparation. One of the casualties was CSM John Burns, killed whilst leading his men in to the attack.

  • Light Shelling   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Quiet day except for German shelling at intervals of Welsh Alley and 70th Avenue where all our Observation Points are. There was a practice barrage at 1600. Our Batteries shelled Switch Line on right of tramway running to Martinpuich during the night.

  • 16th August 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 16th August 1916 Ongoing training

  • 16th August 1916 Bombardment of enemy trenches

  • 16th Aug 1916 Hard Times

  • 16th Aug 1916 On the Move

  • Under Shellfire   18th DLI are in TRENCHES in the FESTUBERT SECTOR. Bright & South West wind. 1.45pm enemy artillery actions, some 5.9s dropped between COVER TRENCH and O.B.L. but majority on Battalion to our left.

  • 16th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 16th Aug 1916 Attack Made

  • 16th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 16th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 16th Aug 1916 In the Trenches

  • 16th of August 1916 Shrapnel Showers

  • 16th Aug 1916 In Action

  • 16th of August 1916 Patrolling





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte Fred Bulcock. Kings (Liverpool) Rgt 13th Btn
  • Pte. Benjamin Bullman. Suffolk Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • CSM. John Burns. Kings Liverpool 13th Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Charles Henry Downard. Royal Warwickshire 2/8 Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Edwards. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 10th Btn.
  • Pte. Godfrey Jubilee Harris. Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars 1st/1st (Worcester Yeomanry) Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. James Arthur McClelland. Royal Irish Rifles 13th Btn. A Coy.
  • L/Cpl. Alexander McKay. Highland Light Infantry 16th (2nd Glasgow) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Jesse Reeves. Sherwood Foresters 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William Smithson. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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