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



21st October 1914

On this day:


  • British withdraw from Zonnebeke   After heavy shelling by the enemy, the British were forced to withdraw from Zonnebeke on the night of the 21st of October 1914.

  • 2 Life Guards march to Ehrsternst   2nd Life Guards march at 5.30 am to Ehrsternst then remaining idle till midday as rear regiment. We were ordered to support the Infantry at Zonnebeke, the Blues and 1st Life Guards being already there. There was considerable sniping from houses in the village and from outside. Brigadier Lawford pointed out our place and we were very thankful to find a roadside ditch and bank ready-made, as the shell fire was severe for 2 hours. The Staffords were in front of us, so we could not fire in spite of being constantly sniped from intervening ground. Our horses were left in the street and a shell fell among them killing four, a horrible sight, I was told. Captain V Montgomerie got a shrapnel bullet in the back and one man was killed. I sat in a puddle in the ditch and felt grateful. The arrival of some of our Infantry, Cavanís Brigade I believe, enabled us to be withdrawn about 4 pm. The following order was issued the next day "The Brigadier has much pleasure in telling the Regiments of the Brigade that before he left Zonnebeke today General Lawford command of the 22nd Infantry Brigade asked him to express to the Regiments of the Brigade his thanks for the assistance they gave him and his admiration for the way they behaved in saving what might have been a critical situation." At 4 pm we marched the weary miles to Voormezeele and after a long wait got into billets in the town, they say in orders to link up Haig's force with Gough's Cavalry Division.

    War Diary


  • 21st October 1914 9th Lancers near Ypres

  • 1st Leicesters releive 1st West Yorks   The 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment relieved the 1st Battalion, West Yorks close to Rue du Bois, near Bois Grenier to the south west of Armentieres. HQ was established at La Houssoie railway station.

    Fighting Tigers - Matthew Richardson


  • All day action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Started at 0500 and in action all day near Oosttaverne, four guns on west of village and Lt Walwynn section on east of village. Fired over 500 rounds in checking strong infantry attacks supported by strong artillery fire on line held by 2nd Cavalry Division which with 1st Cavalry Division was holding a gap between our Corps. Back to billets at Wytschaete at 1830.

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  • 21st October 1914 Post mortem investigation

  • 21st October 1914 Ongoing Action

  • 21st Oct 1914 Farms Shelled

  • 21st Oct 1914 Terrible Shelling

  • 21st Oct 1914 Village Taken

  • 21st Oct 1914 Defensive Positions

  • 21st Oct 1914 On the March

  • 21st Oct 1914 Digging In

  • 21st Oct 1914 Break Through

  • 21st October 1914 Continued German attack

  • 21st Oct 1914 On the March





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Cpl. Samuel Ballentine. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Btn.
  • Cpl. Oliver Bennett. 12th Battery Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Blake. Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry 1st Btn.
  • Pte. Charles Delplanque. Irish Guards 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Frederick Fairburn. Durham Light Infantry 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James Gilmore. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Hawkins. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry "D" Coy. 1st Bn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Alfred John Hunt. Middlesex Regiment 4th Battalionn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Kennedy. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frank Matthews. Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Donald Mclean. Argyll & Sutherland Highlander Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Capt. Charles Henry Stanley Monck. Coldstream Guards 3rd Btn., 3rd Coy. Read their Story.

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    Huts to be Built at Heaton Park
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