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



18th December 1915

On this day:


  • Observation Poor   6th County of London Brigade RFA report observation conditions are very bad. German front line trenches shelled by Lowe Group Batteries in retaliation for hostile fire and bombing on our trenches. 17th London Battery fired several times by request of Infantry, who reported that our shelling last night stopped the German bombing. All horses of the Brigade were inspected in Wagon Lines by the DDR. Lieut J.C. Woollett and 2nd Lieut H. Davis proceeded to England on 7 days leave of absence. (Note DDR = Deputy Director of Remounts)

  • Field Marshall French Relinquishes Command   Special Order of the Day By Field Marshal Sir J.D.P. French, G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., Commander in chief, British Army in the Field.

    In relinquishing the command of the British Army in France, I wish to express to the officers, non-commissioned officers and men, with whom I have been so closely associated with during the last sixteen months, my heartfelt sorrow in parting with them before the campaign, in which we have been so long engaged together, has been brought to a victorious conclusion. I have however, the firmest conviction that such a glorious ending to their splendid and heroic efforts is not far distant, and I shall watch their progress towards this final goal with intense interest, but in the most confident hope. The success so far attained has been due to the indomitable spirit, dogged tenacity which knows no defeat, and the heroic courage so abundantly displayed by the rank and file of the splendid Army which it will ever remain the pride and glory of my life to have commanded during over sixteen months of incessant fighting. Regulars And Territorials, Old Army and New Army have ever shown these magnificent qualities in equal degree. From my heart I thank them all. At this sad moment of parting my heart goes out to those who have received life-long injury from wounds, and I think with sorrow of that great and glorious host of my beloved comrades who have made the greatest sacrifice of all by laying down their lives for their country. In saying good-bye to the British Army in France I ask them once again to accept this expression of my deepest gratitude and heartfelt devotion towards them, and my earnest good wishes for the glorious future which I to be assured.

    (Signed) J.D.P. French. Field Marshal, Commanding in Chief, The British Army in France.

    18th December 1915

    Special Order of the Day


  • 18th December 1915 9th Lancers Training

  • 18th Dec 1915 Military Funeral for Territorial

  • 18th Dec 1915 War Tragedy

  • 18th Dec 1915 Armed Trawler sunk

  • Enemy Aircraft dangers   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Intended to do a lot of shooting but was unable to do so owing to the number of German aeroplanes that were over during the morning and could only fire 4 rounds.

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  • Units leave Gallipoli   The evacuation from Gallipoli to Imbros took place over the nights of 18th & 19th December 1915.

  • 18th Dec 1915 Preparation for Move

  • 18th Dec 1915 Reliefs

  • 18th Dec 1915 Positions Improved





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  • Sgt. Horace Coe. Lincolnshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Clarence Cryer. East Lancashire Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.

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