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



16th May 1915

On this day:


  • Zeppelin Raid   Zeppelin LZ.38 commanded by Erich Linnarz attacked Ipswich, Dover and Ramsgate on the 16th/17th May 1915.

  • 2/6th Manchesters at Crowborough   Then men of the 2/6th Manchesters moved overnight from Southport to Crowborough Camp in Sussex for final training.

  • Battle of Festubert    6th County of London Brigade RFA report: Today an attempt was made, on similar lines to those adopted last Sunday, to break through the enemy's line. Considerable ground was gained and the success achieved today gave the foundation to several more successful attacks carried out during the week. The Brigade formed part of Barter Force.

  • 9th Heavy Battery on the march   9th Heavy Battery march out of Helfaut at midday on the 16th of May, and thence march to Pont de Nieppe

  • 16th May 1915 9th Lancers resting

  • Hypos arrive   Received from 6th Divisional Train 16 lbs Hypos for mask solution. Lt.Gibbons detailed to proceed to Bailleul to be interviewed by DDMS* 3 corps

    *Deputy Director Medical Services

  • Heavy losses for 4th Black Watch   1/4th Black Watch were moving from Neuve Chapelle towards Festubert, when they suffered many casualties at Rue du Bois, most were buried in mass grave and commemorated at Le Touret.

  • 16th May 1915 1st South Staffs in action

  • 16th May 1915 Chip potatoes for dinner

  • 16th May 1915 A lovely charge

  • 16th May 1915 1st Welsh Fusiliers in Action

  • 16th May 1915 7th Northumberlands Relieved

  • 16th May 1915 Church Parade

  • 16th May 1915 Gun Retreived

  • 16th May 1915 Attack made

  • 16th May 1915 Working Party

  • 16th May 1915 Digging

  • 16th May 1915 In the Trenches





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Angus Mitchell Barr. Highland Light Infantry 9th Battalion
  • Pte. Sidney Charles Herbert Baxter. Rifle Brigade 10th (Service) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Francis Bray. Royal Engineers 11th Field Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Callaghan. Border Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte John Edwin Denby. Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Btn
  • Pte. James Drummond. Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Herron. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William Owen Hughes. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Maitland Innes. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Thomas Jones. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Bn
  • Pte David Luker. Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Btn
  • Pte. Jack Matthews. Royal Welsh Fusilier 1st Battalion, C Company. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John McKechnie. Scots Guards 2nd Battalion, F Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas James Moss. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 3rd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Owens. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Parry. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Bernard Reynolds. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. Charles Ralph Shears. Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Patrick Smith. Durham Light Infantry 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Charles Stanley. Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte Samuel Stewart. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Nicholas Welsh. Border Regiment 2nd Battalion, B Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. Richard Williams. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Wilson. Scots Guards 2nd Btn. 'F' Coy. Read their Story.

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