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



20th May 1915

On this day:


  • Battle of Festubert    6th County of London Brigade RFA report: 15th London Battery fired thirty six rounds at registering gaps on K.5. 16th London Battery did not fire. The attack was continued.

    War Diaries


  • Battle of Festubert    Secret 47th Div Arty Instructions 20th May 1915

    (1) The following received from 47th Div. The offensive of the First Army is to be continued towards La Bassee. Alderson's force is to secure localities L.11 - L.12 - L.9 and group of houses P.13 - P.14 - P.15 - P.16. Indian Corps is to secure localities Q.15 - Q.16 - R.8. Troops of the 47th Div. holding the line will use every means by day and night to harass the enemy continually. All avenues of approach to the enemy's forward positions are to be kept under shrapnel fire by day and night especially between dusk and 2200.

    (2) 47th Div. Arty. will deal with communication trench K.13 - J.21 Charelle St Roche and cross roads Charelle St Roche in particular.

    (3) In continuation of above, the 3rd Canadian Inf. Bde. will tonight secure localities L.12 and L.11 with two companies. The assault will take place at 1945 proceeded by a heavy bombardment of 9.2 guns from 1800 to 1900 and from guns of the Canadian Div. Arty. from 1600 to 1945. At the same hour a small party of the Canadian Inf. Bde. will attack points --.9 and --.12, These points will have been similarly submitted to an Artillery. bombardment

    (4) All ground gained will be consolidated and joined up.

    (5) The 2nd Canadian Inf. Bde. with two companies will secure K.5 at 1945. A heavy bombardment of K.5 and surrounding trenches will be carried out by 9.2 guns from 1800 to 1900 and by heavy and field guns of the Canadian Div. Arty. from 1600 to 1945. After 1945 the 9.2 guns will fire at L.8.

    (6) As soon as K5 is secured the trenches towards J.1 and L.8 will be secured as far as possible by bombing outwards. All ground gained will be consolidated and joined up.

    (7) 2nd Div. will keep up a slow continuous bombardment throughout the night on P.15 to P.16 and Rue Du Marais.

    (8) The heavy gun group will bombard through the night K.13 and Charelle St Roche.

    (9) All avenues of approach to enemy's forward positions are to be kept under shrapnel fire by day and night and particularly between dusk and 2200.

    (10) 47th Div. Arty. will deal with communication trench K.13 - J.21 Charelle St Roche and cross roads Charelle St Roche in particular

    (11) No infantry fire will be directed north of the line J.3 - L.13

    (12) All troops will be in a state of constant readiness except the Div. Reserve, 7th Div., Mounted Troops and 7th London Regiment.

    (13) Horses will not be saddled.

    Signed D.S. Sherlock Bde. Major 47th Div. Arty.

    War Diaries


  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium May 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.

  • 14th Heavy Battery proceed to France   14th Heavy Battery RGA land in France

  • 20th May 1915 9th Lancers entrenched

  • Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders arrive   Lt. Macleod proceeds to Gris Pot to be instructed in medical work in the trenches by Lt. Chandler.

    10 Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders arrived in billets at Blue Blind Factory attached to 19th 1B till 22nd inst.

    Hyposulphite of soda unobtainable at present. Some 50 Respirators already soaked - awaiting hypo to continue.

    War diary RAMC 19th Field Ambulance, Erquinghem-Lys


  • 1st Bn Herts billets at Bethune   Bn moved into billets at Bethune

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment


  •    On this day the Tyneside Irish Brigade, along with many other troops paraded on the Town Moore in Newcastle to be inspected by His Majesty the King, who was accompanied by Lord Kitchener,

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  • 20th May 1915 122nd Brigade inspected

  • 20th May 1915 An Adventure

  • 20th May 1915 11th Royal Scots under Instruction

  • 20th May 1915 Working Parties

  • 20th May 1915 Enemy Mine Explodes

  • 20th May 1915 13th Londons on the March

  • 20th May 1915 New Fellows in the Company

  • 20th May 1915 Working Parties

  • 20th May 1915 Working Parties

  • 20th May 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 20th May 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 20th May 1915 On the Move

  • 20th of May 1915 Movement orders

  • 20th of May 1915 Troop Distribution





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Peter Bishop. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sjt. George Ernest Victor Cullingworth. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Walter Young Gibson. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Hateley. South Staffordshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Eugene Patrick Mahony. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Malcolm Marshall. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.

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