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19th May 1915On this day:
- Battle of Festubert Positions gained by Barter Force were consolidated. 15th London Battery fired sixteen rounds at J12, J27, D33 and twenty six rounds on the Rue D’Ouvert, followed later by four rounds on the same objective.
16th London Battery fired one round ranges per hour at ‘S’ Bend. At 1615 thirty four rounds were fired at ‘S’ Bend, and twenty two rounds were fired at a German working party.
- Battle of Festubert Secret:
Following received from Barters Force.
Result of attacks by 2nd and 7th Div. yesterday was to gain the line M.5 -La Quinque Rue - P.11 - P.10 - Q.7 which line has been consolidated. AAA
On the right the line continues through M.3 - L.1 - L.2 - Willow Road. AAA
The Breastwork from L.2 - Willow Road was completed by the 140th Infantry Brigade last night except for 15 yards near L.2. AAA
A deliberate bombardment begins today the dividing line between the artillery fire of the 2nd and 7th Div. being the line Q.5 - P.10 - M.12. AAA
First Group Heavy Artillery Reserve is to bombard Ferme Cour d’Avoue - Buildings P.13 - P.14 - P.15 - P.16 - Q.11. AAA
Second Div. to seize opportunity to gain ground to the line P.14 - Q.12 -Q.11 and the 7th Div. similarly towards L.8 - L.10 - L.12 - M.9. AAA
Following instructions issued by 1st Army as regards reliefs of 2nd and 7th Div. by 51st(Highland) and Canadian Div. tonight. AAA
The 7th Div. (less arty) will be withdrawn to the area Lilliers - Burnes, there to rest. AAA
The 7th Div. will remain under the orders of the GOC. 1st Corps AAA.
The 7th Div. Arty will remain in action in its present positions and will came temporarily under the orders of the Canadian Div. when the relief of the 7th Div. is completed. AAA.
The 2nd Div. Arty will remain in action in its present positions and will come temporarily under orders of the Highland Div. when relief of the 2nd Div. is completed. AAA.
Signed D.S. Sherlock Bde Major 47th Div. Arty.
From 47th Div. Arty.
(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.)
- 9th Heavy Battery in action 9th Heavy Battery go into action at Pont de Nieppe, the first round being fired by A Sub-section on the evening of the 19th May.
- The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium May 1915. 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.
- 19th May 1915 9th Lancers entrenched
- Arrival of Lt. Macleod Lt. Macleod, MO 9th Scottish Rifles arrived from 9th Division for instruction till 22nd inst. He proceeded with Capt. Browne today to see Advanced Post and Regimental Aid Posts, and in evening proceeded with Lt. Hampson to see the procedure of collecting sick and wounded at night.
War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys
- Heavy casualties for 1st Bn Herts Consolidated position during the day, were heavily shelled and also when we were relieved during the night by the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards.
The Bn returned to billets at Le Touret, all back about 12.30am (20th). During the 18th and 19th the Bn had the following casualties; Lieut. Davis H.G.J., Lieut. Palmer V.H., 2/Lieuts. Christie, Oldham and Loyd wounded. 17 NCOs and men killed, 91 NCOs and men wounded.
War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment
- 19th May 1915 Mining the Trenches.
- 19th May 1915 7th Northumberlands on the Move
- 19th May 1915 5th Lincs Relieve 4th Leics
- 19th May 1915 13th Londons leave Division
- 19th May 1915 New CO
- 19th May 1915 Working Parties
- 19th May 1915 In Huts
- 19th May 1915 Concert
- 19th May 1915 Route March
- 19th May 1915 On the Move
- 19th of May 1915 Fighting
- 19th of May 1915 Artillery movements
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