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21st February 1916 - 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 February 1916

On this day:


  • The Battle of Verdun   The Battle of Verdun began

  • Relocations   6th County of London Brigade RFA, some units left Bowry and proceeded to Croceque about 4 miles away and it was a very satisfactory place. Remaining Units in Bowry at disposal of unit commanders. Received news that we must leave Bowry to allow one of infantry Brigades to move in and proceed to Coyecques.

    War Diaries


  • Hospital ship   

    HS Marechiaro

    SS Marechiaro was an Italian Hospital ship during WW1. It struck a mine laid by UC-12 on the 21st February 1916 off Cape Laghi, Durazzo, Albania with the loss of 33 lives.

    John Doran


  • 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy hear Enemy Mining   

    Enemy mining reported in trench 130. Lieut. Hibbert investigated and reported as follows :- "I interviewed the O.C. 171 Co. R.E. and found out the position of their workings as they have a shaft on the boundary of our territory and their workings go under the Canadian Front. The report in 130 was very vague, and as the 171 Co. are driving pilings underneath to their right front, this may account for the noises reported. I instructed the trench officer to note time etc. and will call again should there be any further report."

    Lieut. Jolicoeur reported back to the 22nd Canadian Bn.

    War Diary Transcript


  • 21st February 1916 Relief action

  • 21st Feb 1916 A Quiet Day

  • 21st Feb 1916 Reliefs Completed

  • 21st Feb 1916 Relief





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Rflmn. James William Halford. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Hunter. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt. Walter Alan Leckie. 90th Field Coy. Read their Story.

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