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



20th August 1914

On this day:


  • Platoon Training for 1st East Lancs   1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment spent the 19th and 20th of August 1914 engaged in Platoon training around Harrow camp.

  • German Forces occupy Brussels   German troops occupy the Belgian capital, Brussels.

  • 4th Middlesex en-route to Mons   On the morning of the 20th of August, a scorching hot day, the troops of the 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment marched out of the village of Taisenieres, where they had spent the night. For the first kilometer of the cobbled high way, they were accompanied by a farewell party of villagers, who had festooned the men with strings of flowers and bright bouquets. When the civilians finally waved the column out of sight, the troops broke into song "Who were you with last night, out in the pale moonlight?"

    The jovial departure soon faded as the summer heat increased and the rounded cobbled of the French roads made the route march a painful experience.

  • 59th Coy RE depart from Le Havre   59th Field Coy Royal Engineers left Havre by train at 12.20pm. enduring a slow uncomfortable journey via Amiens and Le Cateau to Landrecies.

  • move to new billets   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Thursday, August 20th, 1914 - 0845 Taisnieres

    Marched out and billeted at St. Remy.. very poor billets. The CO assembled Company Commanders and addressed them on the following points:

    • 1) All men to be kept in Company billets
    • 2) Companies to be prepared to fall in at short notice.
    • 3) Early information of casualties required after an action.

    Order received at 2300 for march at 0540 tomorrow.

  • 20th Aug 1914 Upset at Enlistment

  • 20th Aug 1914 Agression Suspended

  • 20th Aug 1914 Huts Erected

  • 20th Aug 1914 Cleaning

  • 20th Aug 1914 On the Move

  • 20th Aug 1914 On the March

  • 20th Aug 1914 On the Move





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Sgt. Albert Ernest Jarvis. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st Btn.

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