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

18th May 1918

On this day:

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

    • Effective strength: 34 Officers, 935 Other Ranks, 32 horses, 21 mules.
    • Ration strength: 27 Officers, 646 Other Ranks, 36 horses, 21 mules.
    • Increase: 235 Other Ranks.
    • Decrease: 1 horse.

    War Diaries

  • 16th (Irish) Division return to England   16th (Irish) Division return to England.

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   

    SM U-139

    SM U-139

    Type U 139 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 300) Ordered 1 Aug 1916 Launched 3 Dec 1917 Commissioned 18 May 1918

    18 May 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière

    Career 1 patrols.
    start date unknown - 11 Nov 1918 U-Kreuzer Flotilla

    Successes 4 ships sunk with a total of 6,788 tons. 1 ship damaged with a total of 2,502 tons. (View ships hit by U 139)

    • 1 Oct 1918 U 139 Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière Bylands 3,309 br
    • 1 Oct 1918 U 139 Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière Manin 2,691 it
    • 1 Oct 1918 U 139 Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière Perth (damaged) 2,502 br
    • 2 Oct 1918 U 139 Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière Rio Cavado 301 pt
    • 14 Oct 1918 U 139 Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière Augusto De Castilho 487

    Fate 24 Nov 1918 - Surrendered to France. Became the french submarine Halbronn until 24 July, 1935. Broken up.

    There was another U 139 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 28 Jun 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 24 Jul 1940.

    John Doran

  • 18th May 1918 Newsletter


    Working parties as for last night. Weather very warm.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 18th May 1918 Working Parties and Training

  • 18th May 1918 Reliefs

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Lt. George Gilmour Allardyce. 4th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Dennis. Sherwood Foresters 1/6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Patrick Joseph Finnigan. 205th Squadron Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Gilmour. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Edgar Gorman. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 2nd/5th Bn. A Coy. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Jesse Hampton. Royal Engineers 179th Tunnelling Coy. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Ellis Thompson. Durham Light Infantry 18th Btn. D Coy. Read their Story.

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