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



21st May 1916

On this day:


  • Daily Battery Activity   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery at Carency. Col. Lowe took over command of Right Group at 1300. Right Group now consists of A/236 B/236 C/236 D/236 and D/113 Batteries.

    German Attack on Vimy Ridge. From 0530 to 1230 hostile artillery were very active on our front and support lines. A balloon was reporting on the Cabaret communication trench and main roads in Carency and Ablain. At 1730 the enemy started a heavy barrage of the Zouave Valley, shelling communication trenches, front and support lines of the Right Battalion of Left Brigade and also the Right Brigade. At about 2000 the enemy used Lachrymatory shells(see note below) on our Batteries as well as 5.9 inch shells. The 16th London Battery had a direct hit on it's No.1 gun wounding five men. At about 2130 the enemy attacked taking the front line and support lines of the Right Brigade (140th ) and the front line of the Right Company of the Right Battalion of the Left Brigade. A bombing attack was organised. Looz, Momber Crater and part of the front lines of the Right Battalion were retaken. Fire slackened off at about 0330. Lt Barnard B236 Battery was promoted Captain. (Note-Lachrymatory shells were filled with tear gas)

    (Lt James Henry Van den Bergh from Commonwealth War Graves Commission died aged 23 on 21/05/1916 and is buried at Arras Memorial. He was the son of Henry and Henriette Van Den Bergh of 8 Kensington Palace Gardens.) He was reported as missing on 22nd May 1916.

  • 21st May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

  • Enemy push expected   At Vimy Ridge, 160th Coy Royal Engineers are digging new parts to trenches, expecting Germans over. When the big push came they were thwarted by the Royal Irish Rifles and the Royal Engineers.

  • 21st May 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 21st May 1916 Church parade and bivouac recce.

  • 21st May 1916 Enemy Approach

  • 21st May 1916 In Camp

  • 21st May 1916 Enemy Active

  • 21st May 1916 New CO

  • 21st May 1916 Training

  • 21st May 1916 Daylight Saving

  • 21st May 1916 Church Parade





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Sgt. Henry W. Green. London Regiment 1/8th (Post Office Rifles) Btn. F Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Ralph Edwin Charles Harwood. London Regiment 20th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lt. Richard Basil Bandram Jones. VC Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Pilkington. The Loyal North Lancashire 8th Bn.

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