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

17th August 1914

On this day:

  • 12th Lancers land in France   25 Officers, 543 other ranks and 608 horses of the 12th Lancers land at Le Havre having crossed from Southampton.

  • Antwerp to be Belgian Capital   The Belgian capital is moved from Brussels to Antwerp.

  • 40th Brigade RFA sail for France   40th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, comprising 6th, 23rd and 49th Batteries, marched from Bulford Camp to Amesbury Station and entrained for Southampton. for the crossing to Le Havre, France. They were attached to 3rd Infantry Division with the BEF

  • Queen's Bays at Le Havre   The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) having spent the night in a large cotton store near the railway, underwent exercise and grazed the horses by the coast. That evening Headquarters mess dined aboard the Dieppe of the Newhaven-Dieppe line, which was engaged in bringing ammunition across from Newhaven. A Squadron left at 9pm to entrain for the concentration area.

  • 1st Royal Fusiliers arrive at Cambridge   The 1st Royal Fusiliers arrived at Cambridge by train from Holyhead and marched across town to the camp. Crowds of locals came out to watch.

  • 4th Yorks join Brigade   4th Yorks leave Newcastle upon Tyne to join their Brigade at camp in Hummersknott Park, Darlington.

  • 108th Heavy Battery proceed to France   108th Heavy Battery RGA arrive in France

  • Inspections   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Monday, August 17th, 1914 - Taisnieres Route march under Company arrangements. General Doran inspected out billets.

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  • 17th Aug 1914 On the Move

  • 17th Aug 1914 Inoculations

  • 17th Aug 1914 On the March

  • 17th Aug 1914 Route March

  • 17th Aug 1914 Cleaning up

  • 17th August 1914 Continued move to front

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