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16th November 1914 - 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 November 1914

On this day:


  • First uniforms arrived for men of Sheffield City Battalion   The first uniforms arrive for the men of the Sheffield City Battalion, not the expected field service khaki but a shade of blue-grey accompanied by a glengarry hat with red piping. A shortage of khaki dye, which pre-war had been supplied from Germany, is the reason for the issue of temporary blue uniforms for new recruits.

  • Two Companies of 18th DLI detatched to Hartlepool.   In mid November 1916 units across the north of England were put on alert to defend the coast. Two companies were formed in the 18th Durham Light Infantry consisting of NCO's and men who had undergone range training, under the command of Major Tristam and Captain Neville to be deployed to Hartlepool. They travelled by rail and were billeted in Hart Road being engaged in improving and manning trenches along the coast as well as training and sentry duties. One company soon moved to Old Hartlepool to provide sentries at the Docks.

  • Quiet day for 2nd Life Guards   Another quiet day. At 5.30 pm the 2nd Life Guards supplied 150 Rifles to man Reserve Trenches on the slope of the Zillebeke Ridge. Nothing of incident occurred. 1 R & F accidentally wounded, 2 R & F returned to hospital sick.

  • Continued Action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    With 5th Divisional Artillery at Dranoutre. In support all day. Lent to 5th Divisional Artillery at 1800. Attached to 28th Brigade RFA. Back to billets at Dranoutre

  • 16th Nov 1914 1st East Lancs relieved by Hants Regt

  • 16th Nov 1914 A few Prisoners

  • 16th Nov 1914 Training

  • 16th Nov 1914 Entrenching

  • 16th Nov 1914 On the Move





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Thomas Forrester. King's Regiment (Liverpool) 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Gray. Durham Light Infantry 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Henry Osben. Worcestershire Regiment 1st Battalion

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    The band of the 12th Yorks & Lancs at Norfolk Park in 1914
    The band of the 12th Yorks & Lancs at Norfolk Park in 1914

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