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



18th May 1915

On this day:


  • Battle of Festubert    The attack continued. 15th London Battery fired one hundred and forty rounds at ‘K’ works, J4, J2, J3 and Rue D’Ouvert between 1535 and midnight. 16th London Battery fired one hundred and thirty nine rounds at ‘S’ bend.

  • Ops Order - Festuberg   Secret: To 6th London Field Artillery Battery EM C/425 18th May. AAA First Corps is attacking at 1630 today as follows: -

    The Infantry attack will take place at 1630 today. AAA Object is to gain and consolidate the line M.5 La Quinque Rue - P.14 -P.15.0.16 - Q.12. AAA Second Division will attack with 4th Guards Brigade objectives P.14, P.15, P.16, Q.12, Q.11. AAA The 3rd Canadian Brigade is placed under orders of the 7th Div. and will attack on right of 4th Guards Bde. AA Objective of 7th Div. - La Quinque Rue Road from P.14 exclusive of M.5 inclusive. AAA The Indian Corps will attack Ferme Du Bois and establish a defensive flank in connection with left of 2nd Div. AAA

    Dividing line between Artillery of 1st and 2nd Div. Q.5, P.10, M.12. AAA First Group Heavy Artillery Reserve will engage objectives which have been communicated to 2nd Division by OC. RGA 1st Corps. AAA The Bombardment will begin at 1430 and continue till 1630 when it will be lifted sufficiently to allow the Infantry assault to take place. AAA Barter Force is to remain in occupation of it's present line as before and when cooperation can be effected with 7th Div. is to engage the enemy actively with fire. AAA

    The 140 Infantry Brigade will be prepared to establish connection with the front of the 7th Div. and will eventually connect across to the nearest point of the British defensive line with a defensive line. AAA This is in addition to the L.2 - Willow Road work now in progress. AAA Acknowledge. AAA

    Signed D.S. Sherlock. Brigade Major

    (Note: First Group HAR is part of First Corps Heavy Artillery Reserve units and operated 36 x 6inch Howitzers for heavy bombardment work during this battle.)

  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium May 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.

  • New Hypo solution   All respirators are now being soaked in a new solution of Hypo (10lbs to the gallon) with soda carb and glycerine - Nip bottles filled with a similar solution.

    Orders are received by 19th Field Ambulance from ADMS 6th Division, that all cases of Gun Shot wounds are to have a 'T' marked with indelible pencil on either wrist if anti-tetanus has been injected.

  • 1st Bn Herts attacking   Moved into trenches further east. The Irish Guards attacked at 4.30pm, No.1 Coy in close support of Irish Guards. No.4 Coy in support of Grenadier Guards who also attacked. No.1 Coy and 1 platoon of No.3 Coy and 50 men of No.3 Coy reinforced Irish Guards and entrenched themselves. The Bn took over the Irish Guards from the line about 9pm and dug in. No.2 & 4 Coys in front line, No.3 Coy less 1 platoon in second line, No.1 Coy plus 1 platoon and No.3 Coy third line.

  • 18th May 1915 Under Attack

  • 18th May 1915 5th Lincs Relieve 4th Leics

  • 18th May 1915 Working Parties

  • 18th May 1915 On the March

  • 18th May 1915 On the March

  • 18th May 1915 Reinforcements

  • 18th May 1915 





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  • Pte. Edwin J. Benbow. Irish Guards 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Bolger. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. Geoffrey G. Broome. 15th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte John Walter William Edwin. 5th (London) Field Amb
  • Pte. James Fennick. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Purser. Middlesex Regiment 4th Btn. Read their Story.

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