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21st January 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 January 1916

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers at Authuille   16th Northumberlands are at Authuille, about one mile behind line as brigade reserve, working for the Royal Engineers, engaged in repairing trenches at night. Two platoons from B coy under Lt Proctor acted as garrison for Gordon Castle which was a strong point in the support line.

  • Shelling and Retaliation   6th County of London Brigade RFA report there was a certain amount of shelling during the day in the Loos Sector, more especially in the centre subsection. Batteries retaliated and were successful in causing enemy to cease fire each time. Quality Street, Fosse 7, and the Lens-Bethune Road were heavily shelled yesterday morning. The 17th London Battery reported that at 12 noon yesterday, a Staff Officer and two other officers put their head and shoulders above the trench in front of Artillery Mansions. The Germans immediately opened fire on Observation Posts near them. Lieut A.F. Yenchen 17th Battery proceeded on 7 days leave of absence to England.

  • 21st Jan 1916 Accidental Wounding

  • 21st Jan 1916 Parade

  • 21st Jan 1916 Long Awaited News

  • 21st Jan 1916 Suez Attack Unlikely

  • 21st Jan 1916 Meerut Division Attack

  • 21st Jan 1916 Reliefs

  • 21st Jan 1916 Training

  • 21st Jan 1916 Instruction

  • 21st Jan 1916 Orders

  • 21st Jan 1916 Instruction

  • 21st Jan 1916 Attack Made

  • 21st Jan 1916 Working Parties





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. Ernest Annable. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Brophy. Connaught Rangers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Doherty. Royal Irish Regiment 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. David Finlay. VC. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Christopher Thornton. West Yorkshire Regiment 20th Btn.

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