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



19th December 1915

On this day:


  • Intermittent Shelling   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Annequin report Major H. Bayley DSO, proceeded to Aire to attend a conference lasting 10 days on Gunnery. Enemy shelled our trenches intermittently all day. We retaliated each time which caused the enemy to cease firing. 17th Battery obtained several direct hits on the parapet of the Chord and Little Willie. At 2315, 2325 and 2330pm a big bombardment took place on the right lines, each battery fired two hundred rounds as some regiment was relieving another. The 23rd and 24th London regiments were in front of us.

  • 14th DLI endure gas attack   14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry endure a gas attack near Wieltje. Casualties amongst the ranks amounted to 149 with 22 killed and a number of officers also being gassed and wounded.

  • 19th December 1915 Church Parade for 9th Lancers

  • Ongoing Action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    A fine day and did a good deal of shooting. The Centre Section (Innerlees ??)was shelled in the morning by 5.9 inch Howitzers. One gun pit was hit and fell in onto the wheel of the gun but the gun was not damaged. One telephone pit had a direct hit, 2 men were inside but were not touched though a good deal of kit was damaged. There were no injuries to personnel. The shelling began around 1200 and continued at intervals with single rounds until about 1500.

  • German Attack on the Yser Canal   On Dec 19th the chateau and canal came under heavy shellfire followed closely by a gas attack. All four companies of teh 3rd Monmouths moved into the trenches to reinforce the front line against the expected German attack. The attack never came but the battalion was shelled all day and all the following night and had 40 men killed or wounded.

    The battalion War Diary records the following entry for that day: - About 5.30 am, message received that enemy was making gas attack. The Elverdinghe detachment had orders to move to Canal Bank. At 8.30 am the Battalion was in position; the Canal Bank detachment manning the reserve fire trenches, the Elverdinghe detachment at Canal bank dugouts. One machine gun and team in emplacement on Elverdinghe-Boesinghe road, and another at Mill Mound in Elverdinghe. Enemy bombarded heavily all day and night. During the morning 8- 17”shells fell in the grounds of Elverdinghe Chateau, where the QM branch had been left.

    The following message was received from 49th Division. “The divisional Commander is very pleased with the behaviour of all ranks, and the promptitude with which all necessary steps was taken this morning”

    There follows a list of casualties suffered by the battalion that day. One name stands out, 1881 Pte Gibson, who was one of a number of men who were gassed. Ironically being gassed could have saved his life as on Dec 27th the battalion was taken out of the front line and received orders to leave the Yser canal.

  • 19th Dec 1915 7th Northumberlands on the Move

  • 19th Dec 1915 Gas Attack

  • 19th Dec 1915 Brigade on the move

  • 19th Dec 1915 Deadly Germs

  • 19th Dec 1915 Gas Attack

  • 19th Dec 1915 Reliefs





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. Octavius Adcock. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Donald Alexander. Highland Light Infantry 11th (Service) Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Herbert Bailey. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn.
  • Pte. John Arthur Black. Leicestershire Regiment 7th Btn.
  • Pte. Ernest Brady. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Callow. Border Regiment 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. Frank Chappell. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) 1/4 Btn.
  • Pte. M. Clarke. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Colpitts. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn.
  • Pte. Frederick Ditchburn. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Dow. Highland Light Infantry 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Henry Ellis. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn.
  • Private George Gough. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Gough. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Gough. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. J. Handy. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. John Hutchinson. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn.
  • Acting Bomb. Thomas Alfred Hutson. Royal Garrison Artillery 6th Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Edward Jackson. Royal Field Artillery 92nd Bde. D Bty. Read their Story.
  • Pte. H. Keeble. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Mason. South Staffordshire 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John Thomas Neilon. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn Read their Story.

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