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



20th August 1916

On this day:


  • Battery Activity   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report From 1200 batteries fired on Martinpuich and surroundings. At 2200 and at intervals during the night Batteries switched back from Martinpuich to a line 400 yards over Switch Line and West of Tramway.

    War Diaries


  • HMS Falmouth   

    HMS Falmouth

    Name HMS Falmouth, Type Light cruiser, Country British.
    GRT 5,250 tons, Built 1910, Builder W. Beardmore & Co., Ltd., Glasgow.
    Operator Royal Navy

    History

    U-boat attacks on Light cruiser Falmouth 19th August 1916, damaged when torpedoed in the North Sea by U-66 (Thorwald von Bothmer).
    20 Aug 1916 U 63 (Otto Schultze) Sunk when torpedoed whilst under tow off Flamborough Head. 11 casualties.

    John Doran


  • 20th August 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 20th August 1916 Church Parade

  •    LE TOURET

    Considerable enemy artillery activity gradually increasing throughout the day and not reduced by our artillery fire. B Co. in O.B.L reported extensive damage done by enemy fire to Islands 1 9, 13 14, also to BARNTON trench. B Co. sent up 2 platoons reinforcements. No casualties. Under Brigade instructions 18 DLI stood to 8.0pm 11.30pm, when ordered to stand down. 18 WEST YORKS in village line also stood to and sent up 100 reinforcements to O.B.L

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  •    LE TOURET

    Considerable enemy artillery activity gradually increasing throughout the day and not reduced by our artillery fire. B Co. in O.B.L reported extensive damage done by enemy fire to Islands 1 9, 13 14, also to BARNTON trench. B Co. sent up 2 platoons reinforcements. No casualties. Under Brigade instructions 18 DLI stood to 8.0pm 11.30pm, when ordered to stand down. 18 WEST YORKS in village line also stood to and sent up 100 reinforcements to O.B.L

    TRENCHES FESTUBERT SECTOR

    Artillery fire slackened about 8.0pm and all was quiet at 11.30pm & throughout the night 20 21.8.16. 15 WEST YORKS drove out a raiding party with heavy losses, which attempted about 8.40pm to raid between No 12 Island and No 9 to No 10. Considerable damage was done to No 12 & 11 Islands.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 20th Aug 1916 Training Continues

  • 20th Aug 1916 Wounded Arrive

  • 20th Aug 1916 Trench Work

  • 20th Aug 1916 Reliefs

  • 20th Aug 1916 At Rest

  • 20th Aug 1916 Bombardment





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. James Bennett. Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alexander Ogston Ferguson. Royal Army Medical Corps 1st Field Ambulance Read their Story.
  • Pte. Claud Jackson. Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Btn.
  • Pte. Walter James. Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry 5th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Ignatius Lyon. King's Liverpool Regiment 10th (Scottish) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Daniel McLeod. Middlesex Rgt. 18th Btn.
  • Cpl. Peter Pollock. Royal Scots 13th Btn.
  • Rflmn. Richard William Warr. Rifle Brigade 7th Battalion

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