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18th August 1914On this day:
- 30th Brigade RFA proceed to France 30th Brigade RFA embarked at Southampton on the SS Coleen Bawn destined for the reception camp at Rouen.
- 30th (Howitzer) Brigade RFA proceed to France. 30th (Howitzer) Brigade RFA consisting of Battery’s 128th, 129th and 130th Batteries left Bulford Camp and embarked from Southampton as part of 11 Corps, 3rd Division, BEF.
- Queen's Bays depart Le Havre The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) left cotton store near the railway, with Headquarters minus the Machine Gun section departing just after midnight with ‘C’ Squadron and MG section following at 3:30am. They gathered at point ‘S’ entraining place, where there was an hour's wait to entrain then a further three hours before departing. They enjoyed a breakfast of hard boiled eggs, jam and tea and had a good wash in buckets beside the train before leaving at 8:15am for the concentration area. They traveled via Rouen where they stopped to water and feed the horses, and the men had hot coffee made by the French soldiers. The train moved slowly with frequent stops where the locals handed over flowers and cigarettes. They traveled via Amiens and Busigny to Mauberge on the Belgian frontier.
- A long day for 59 Field Company RE 59th Field Company Royal Engineers arrived at Havre France 7am, the whole company had disembarked by 4.30pm.
- 1st Royal Fusiliers at Cambridge The 1st Royal Fusiliers began Divisional Training at Cambridge with a route march and manoevres, which were hampered by the intense heat.
- 48th Heavy Battery proceed to France 48th Heavy Battery RGA arrive in France
- Inspections 2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment
Tuesday, August 18th, 1914 - Taisnieres
Battalion route march of about 7 miles in the morning. Bathing parade and inspection of feet by Companies arrangements in the afternoon. Many men have sore and defective feet. We heard today with great regret of the death of General Grierson, our Army Corps Commander.
- Relocation for 1st East Lancs At 0600 on the 18th of August 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, less two companies, proceeded to Harrow where they camped in one of the school playing fields. Remainder of the battalion followed one hour later.
- 18th Aug 1914 First taste of French Siege Bread
- Exciting Scenes Tuesday 18th August: "Entrained Albershot at 5.30am, arrived Southampton and embarked on the “Welshman” .
Southampton is packed with troops embarking on different ships. Some exciting scenes getting the horses aboard. There are about 500 horses on our boat." 1914 diary of James McFarlane, No.3 Field Ambulance 1st Division
- 18th Aug 1914 On the Move
- 18th Aug 1914 Massed Drums
- 18th Aug 1914 Training
- 18th August 1914 In Camp
- 18th August 1914 Continued move to front
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