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16th July 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 July 1916

On this day:


  • 15th July 1916 Carrying Duty

  • 1/8th West Yorks in support near Leipzig Redoubt   1/8th Battalion Leeds Rifles are at Theipval on the Somme, with their HQ at Johnsons Post on the 16th July 1916. They were held in reserve but were brought up to the line in support in the area of Leipzig Redoubt.

  •    Attacked High Wood on the 16th July 1916. Assembled behind village of Bazentin Le Petit on 17th July when they were hit by a very heavy shrapnel bombardment. 76 men and 3 officers wounded, mostly in the legs. They were sheltering in small caves dug out of a high bank. Packed in tightly, could not pull their legs in.

  • 16th Northumberlands on the march   16th Northumberlands march north from Warloy to Beauval.

  • 3rd Monmouths under fire   B Company of the 3rd Monmouths came under heavy shellfire while repairing an ammunition dump and lost 19 killed and wounded.

  • Cutting Wire   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report from Aix-Noulette: Trench Mortars wire cutting in afternoon from 1500 to 1730. At 0100 on the night of 16-17th July, the 20th London Regiment carried out a raid on enemy lines at a small salient north of Bois en Hache. The raid was supported by intense artillery fire with 2 Mortars and Stokes Mortars. Enemy retaliation was slight consisting of a few Light High Velocity shells & trench mortars. Infantry report that German front line trench was entered, dugs outs were bombed and a machine gun was destroyed. Our casualties were light. All was quiet again by 0145.

  • 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary   

    Hill 60 Major Davis investigated No.6 L.P. and gave orders to load, with 1000 lbs. ammonal & tamp. Fire when ready. Division advised & camouflet fired 5.P.M. A crater was formed & smoke was observed coming from enemy lines.

    Proto rescue men entered gallery 20 min: later, & reported gallery free from gas.

  • 16th July 1916 Billets Hooteville

  • 16th July 1916 Routine

  • 16th Jul 1916 Gas Shells

  • 16th Jul 1916 Mullers Excercises

  • 16th Jul 1916 Reinforcements

  • 16th Jul 1916 Ready to Move

  • 16th Jul 1916 Preparations for Attack

  • 16th Jul 1916 Reliefs Completed





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • 2nd Lt. Thomas Eyre Barton. Royal Irish Rifles 14th Btn. att. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Brennan. King's (Liverpool) Regiment 1st/9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Cartmell. Devonshire regiment 1/6th Batt Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Cassidy. Lancashire Fusiliers 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Frederick "Fred" Davies. Manchester Regiment 16th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Walter Heal. London Regiment 2nd/21st Bn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Harry Gardner Hoath. Rifle Brigade 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • RfM. C. A. McDonald. Royal Garrison Artillery 12th Siege Bty. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Horace Pankhurst. West Yorkshire Regiment 1/8th (Leeds Rifles) Battalion Read their Story.
  • RfM. Horace Pankhurst. West Yorkshire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. John Kenneth Rhodes. Border Regiment 10th Battalion
  • Pte. John Sloan. King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment 1st/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Henry Timms. Leicestershire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.

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