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21st April 1915 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



21st April 1915

On this day:


  • Gloucestershire Hussars arrive in Egypt   The Gloucestershire Hussars reached Alexandria, Egypt, on April 21st. Guard duties followed, until August 11th.

  • Daily Battery Activity 6th London Brigade RFA    16th London Bty fired 12 rounds at S bend (A9.06.8) at request of infantry. 17th London Bty engaged Cantileux communication trench. Range 3525/3625.

    War Diaries


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

    1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium
    1st Battalion Royal Scots were subjected to almost constant shell-fire.

    Sanctuary Wood Cemetery (near Hill 62) Zillebeke, Belgium has 1,989 burials of which there are only 636 of them identifiable (1,353 are unidentifiable)
    Many graves, in all five plots, are identified in groups but not individually.



  • 21st April 1915 9th Lancers on dismounted work

  • 4th Northumberlands entrain for Front   4th Northumberland Fusiliers began their first day in France with inspection and parade. At 11 am they left St Martin's Camp and marched with the Northumbrian Division to the station at Pont de Briques, departing at 2pm for Bavinchove, arriving at 6pm. They marched to billets at nearby farms, the officers being accommodated in farm houses, the NCO's and men in barns and outbuildings. Some men of A Coy spent the night in bivouacs as the allocated barns were not large enough to accommodate them all.

  • Manchester City Battalions Brigade Sports day   A crowd of 20,000 people gathered at Heaton Park to watch Manchester City Battalion's Brigade sport's day. 4th City Battalion won the Brigade steeplechase earning them the nickname Scarlet Runners.

  • 21st Apr 1915 Boulogne Rest Camp

  • Family day and a scare   On the 21st of April a family day was held at Cocken Hall, the band entertained the visitors on the lawn and the men demonstrated their new skills. A dance was planned for the evening but there was a coastaldefence scare and orders were received by dispatch rider to send 'A' 'B' 'C' Companies and HQ Coy, 18th Durham Light Infantry to Middlesbrough to strengthen the defence of the town. They entrained at Leemside and travelled to Middlesbrough to establish an outpost line around the east and south of the town, bivouacking in open fields. 'A' Company were based at Cargo Fleet Iron Works, 'B' Company at and around Marton Hall and 'C' Company at Marton Bungalow.

  • 21st Apr 1915 Dull and cols

  • 21st Apr 1915 1st Londons relieve 13th Londons

  • 21st Apr 1915 Farms Searched

  • 21st Apr 1915 Gas Attack

  • 21st April 1915 Inspections

  • 21st Apr 1915 On the March

  • 21st Apr 1915 On the Move

  • 21st Apr 1915 On the Move

  • 21st Apr 1915 Conference

  • 21st Apr 1915 Inspections

  • 21st of April 1915 HQ Established





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Sidney Abraham. Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Btn.
  • Pte. Cecil Chapman. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph James Hughes. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Heber Jones. Royal Field Artillery 35th Bde Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward "Ned" McGuirk. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. John McMillan. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.

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