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

18th August 1916

On this day:

  • Air Raid   During the evening, two Zeppelins raided Steetley's Basic works at Coxhoe, where they were producing Doloma for steel furnace linings. Twelve high explosive bombs and fourteen incendiaries were dropped, leaving several craters, slight damage to houses, at Coxhoe, Joint Stocks and Quarrington Hill, with much broken glass. A few yards of the railway track at was destroyed Kelloe Colliery. Extra protection was recommended to be given to site following this raid, including the siting of an anti air craft gun. A concrete air raid shelter was constructed at West Hetton Lodge.

  • Heavy Barrage   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report: At 0855 a heavy barrage was put up by our batteries 200 yards over the Switch Line and formed with 47th Division Artillery a double barrage. At 1445 a further heavy barrage at Switch Line on the right of Tramway. Smoke was discharged on our front and the 1st Division attacked the intermediate line on our right. They got in but were driven out. From 2030 fire was kept up at odd intervals on tracks and trenches leading to Martinpuich.

    War Diaries

  • 18th August 1916 Inter troop competitions

  • 18th Aug 1916 Lost Time

  • Reliefs   18th DLI are in Trenches in the Festubert sector and report: "04.00. Very misty. Enemy artillery sent over several heavy shells, perhaps 5.9s, but all fell North of right subsector & did not affect us. Our guns retaliated. All was quiet by 4.30am.

    10.00. Fine. At 4.25pm Enemy artillery bombarded rear of Front Line without effect, our guns retaliated slightly. Wet in evening.

    21.30. H.Y.R with 75 H.Y.S 75 H.Y.T relieved H.Y.U less B Co. Relief completed 11.30pm. 18th Battn less B Co. marched to Le Touret and took over billets from 11 East Yorks. B Co. remained as Right Co. in Support in O.B.L. No activity of any kind from guns or rifles during relief."

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 18th Aug 1916 Lack of Waterproof Sheets

  • 18th Aug 1916 In Action

  • 18th Aug 1916 In Action

  • 18th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 18th Aug 1916 Rain

  • 18th Aug 1916 In Action

  • 18th Aug 1916 Bombardment

  • 18th of August 1916 Usual Trench Warfare

  • 18th Aug 1916 On the Move

  • 18th August 1916 

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte John Tregear Angwin. Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry 6th Batallion Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Bert Atkins. Rifle Brigade 9th Btn.
  • Rifleman Bert Atkins. Rifle Brigade 9th Btn
  • Pte. Daniel Berry. East Yorkshire Regiment 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William John Brock. Northamptonshire Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Thomas Brown. Leinster Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Thomas Brown. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 14th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Ben Bulcock. Royal Field Artillery 6th Ammun. Col. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Gerald Comber. King's Royal Rifle Corp 7th Btn.
  • Spr. Charles Gilbert Draper. Royal Engineers 61st Field Coy
  • Pte. Robert Hamilton Elder. Highland Light Infantry 18th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Heasman. East Kent Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Charles Edward Hurley. Rifle Brigade 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Hector Hussey. MM. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 10th Battalion
  • Pte. Magnus Manson. Gordon Highlanders 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Malcolm Colville McDougall. Northamptonshire Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Smith McLauchlan. Machine Gun Corps 44th MGC Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Fitzhardinge Miller. Sherwood Foresters 12th Btn.
  • Sgt. Walter John Mittell. Royal Sussex Rgt. 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Robert Norman. Middlesex Regiment 13th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Samuel Rivers. East Kent Regiment 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Herbert Walton. York and Lancaster Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte John Watkins. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 6th Btn
  • Lionel Webb. East Kent Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.

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