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



16th October 1918

On this day:


  • Attack Made   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers. report from Heule, Courtrai. "2 am. Moved to Heule via Moorseele and Gulleghem. Battalion formed up between G.23.d.6.5 and G.24.a.30.00. A and B Companies in front line, A on right, C in support, and D in reserve in readiness for attack. Enemy artillery was very quiet. Patrols of the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers informed us that country was clear of enemy up to River Lys but under artillery barrage we attacked at 0535. The Barrage was poor and short, causing three casualties. No opposition was met with except one machine-gun on railway at H.25.d, which was dealt with. Battalion reached the river, taking up positions commanding the opposite bank. The bridge at H.25.d.3.6 was destroyed and the railway bridge at H.25.a partially so at the opposite bank. C Company formed a defensive flank along railway in G.30.b, and D stayed at G.24.d.

    The houses contained numbers of civilians. Touch was kept with 12th Royal Irish Rifles on our left. At 1400 under cover of smoke screen from rifle smoke bombs and artillery supported by trench mortars a section of Royal Engineers bridged the river and 2nd Lieutenants Steele and Logan with party thirty Other Ranks (D Company) crossed and took up positions at H.25.d.30.50 and on the main street and near the bank to cover the bridge.

    The smoke screen did not last long enough, however, and the bridge being detected, came under machine-gun fire from railway about H.31.a.80.60 and was partly destroyed. The Royal Engineers section had three Officers and about a dozen casualties and were unable to complete the bridge, leaving our men cut off on the opposite side. This party knocked out two machine-guns and captured six prisoners. At 1800 under cover of night it withdrew, coming across by one of the boats. C Company was moved up and relieved B Company. At 1900 Battalion was relieved by the 23rd Middlesex and on relief moved to area Drie-Masten (L.12.c.05.55).

    Total casualties for the day were 2nd Lieutenant Inglis wounded, one Other Ranks killed and 24 Other Ranks wounded."

  • 16th Oct 1918 Rest and relocation

  • 16th Oct 1918 106th Field Coy in action

  • 16th Oct 1918 Training

  • 16th of October 1918 Advance to Courtrai

  • 16th Oct 1918 On the March





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Off.Stwd. George Herbert Birthistle. HMS Kestrel Read their Story.
  • L/Bdr. John Brennan. Royal Garrison Artillery Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Joseph Ethelbert Coleman. London Regt 3rd Bn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. William Arthur Kadwill. Rifle Brigade 4th Btn.
  • Pte. Laurence McCarthy. Machine Gun Corps 49th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. John McNamara. VC. East Surrey Regiment 9th Btn. Read their Story.

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