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

21st September 1915

On this day:

  • 2nd Royal Fusiliers departed from Imbros    The 2nd Royal Fusilers departed from Imbross and returned to the firing line the following day.

  • 3rd Monmouths suffer harsh conditions   B and D companies of the 3rd Monmouths moved out from the chateau ground to Dunbarton Dug-outs on the west bank of the canal and started work. A and C companies remained at Elverdinghe and the two groups relieved each other every six days. Work was carried out at night and the conditions were terrible. The Germans occupied Pilckem Ridge to the each and the whole area was constantly shelled and swept by machine gun fire. To cross the canal soldiers had to use small temporary footbridges described by the battalion's historians as "very unhealthy as they were open to enfilading machine gun and shell fire from the German positions". A considerable amount of useful work was carried out on the main communication trenches; one of these was called Barnsley Road. There was a constant stream of casualties. Added to this, the ground was boggy; men often sank up to their waists in mud and had to spend weeks in wet clothing in the bitter cold without hot food.

  • Unit Move and Inspection   6th London Brigade RFA left Place au Bruay and bivouacked at Haillicourt near the 6th London Brigade Ammunition Column. The six remaining guns of this Brigade and four guns of the 7th London Field Artillery Battery form the 47th Reserve Divisional Artillery (Chambers Group) under the command of Col Chambers. OC. 7th London FAB. Lt Bruce proceeded to 141st Infantry Brigade as Liaison Officer. 1st day of bombardment prior to Battle of Loos.

    War Diaries

  • 21st Sep 1915 9th Lancers training

  • Relocation   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA marched with 5th Cavalry Brigade to new billets around Blessey - 23 miles fair. --- left Blaringhem at 1330 - in billets at 1600. Echelon B left behind along with remainder of Divisional echelons. 3 sick horses also left behind.

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  • 21st Sep 1915 Lucky Charm

  • 21st Sep 1915 10th Essex & 7th Buffs Inspected

  • 21st Sep 1915 Bathing

  • 21st Sep 1915 Preparations

  • 21st Sep 1915 Quiet

  • 21st Sep 1915 On the March

  • 21st Sep 1915 On the March

  • 21st Sep 1915 On the March

  • 21st Sep 1915 Shelling

  • 21st of September 1915 In the Front Line

  • 21st of September 1915 Water Problems

  • 21st Sep 1915 On the Move

  • 21st Sep 1915 Reliefs

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Rfmn. John Henry Heaton. King's Royal Rifle Corps 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Edward Roberts. East Yorkshire Regiment 6th Battalion Read their Story.

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