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

18th April 1918

On this day:

  •    It is stated by Mr. J. Henry Lang (national general secretary of the Y.M. C.A.) that the-loss to the association in huts and equipment during the present offensive had already reached a total of £110,000.

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    0200. Moved to Kemmel as composite Battalion with 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly.

    Heavy casualties, while moving into position, from enemy shelling. Captain Despard wounded and died soon after. 2000. Relieved by French troops and marched to Siege Camp.

    War Diaries

  • More Shelling   There was general shelling of the area. At midnight the 6th Battalion, West Riding Regt was relieved by the 18th. Kings Liverpool Regiment, 99th. Brigade, 30th. Division and, on relief, withdrew to the Army line at about map reference R29c & d, sheet 27.

    Casualties of 6th West Riding on this day, including those that happened between 11/04/1918 and 18/04/1918 which had not been recorded, were 265113 Sergeant H. Driver (Wounded, between 11th & 18th.), 265552 Private J. Cobrey (Wounded, between 11th. & 18th.), 268239 Private W. Hartley (Killed in Action), 266049 Private J. Ireland (Wounded, between 11th & 18th.), 26691 Private R. Lizerbram (Wounded), 10527 Private L. McDonald (Wounded, between 11th. & 18th.), 266760 Private G. J. Raper (Wounded between 11th. & 18th.), 305335 Private J. Riley (Wounded, between 11th. & 18th.), 41195 Private C. Rigg (Wounded, between 11th. & 18th.), 41194 Private W. H. Robinson (Wounded, between 11th. & 18th.), 268542 Private J. A. Smith (Wounded), 266458 Private J. M. Spencer (Wounded, between 11th. & 18th.), 267750 Private J. T. Tate (Wounded, between 11th. & 18th.).

  •    L'HOFFAND

    Work carried on in this line joining up trenches already marked out. Received orders that we were to take over front system held by 2nd Australian Bde. 1st Australian Div. 94th Battalion to hold front line on the right, 92nd Battalion on the left, 93rd Battalion in reserve line running through E.14.c. & b & E.8.a. & b. Lt Col LOWE reconnoitred the position but at night received orders that the Battalion would return to its original formation and that further instructions would be issue from 93rd Bde.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 18th Apr 1918 Reliefs

  • 18th Apr 1918 Plans

  • 18th Apr 1918 Relief

  • 18th Apr 1918 Reorganisation

  • 18th of April 1918 Our Aggressive Guns

  • 18th Apr 1918 Training

  • 18th Apr 1918 In Action

  • 18th of April 1918 Relief for Some

  • 18th Apr 1918 Appointments

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Bombdr. Charles Henry Alford. Royal Field Artillery 298th Bgde., D Bty. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Harrison Atkinson. Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte Bert George Baker. Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd/4th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Bottomley. MM. King's Own Royal Lancasters 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. E. W. Brown. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade, D¬†Bty. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Deeble. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Henry Earlam. Loyal North Lancashire 1st Btn
  • Gnr. Richard Thomas Fewings. Royal Field Artillery 251st Brigade, D Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Hargreaves. Gloucestershire Regiment 8th Battalion
  • Pte. Frederick Charles Herbert. Northumberland Fusiliers 12/13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Arthur William "Dicky" Jenkins. Rifle Brigade 16th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John William Sayer. VC Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Chaplain. James Shine. Army Chaplains Dept. att. 21st Btn. Middlesex Regiment Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Pailing Ward. MM. Gloucestershire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Alfred Edward Wint. MID Sherwood Foresters 2nd Btn.
  • Thomas Frederick Woodyatt. South Wales Borderers 5th Battalion Read their Story.

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