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21st September 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 September 1916

On this day:

  • Continuous Fire   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery at Mametz Wood. At 0325 SOS signal but it was a false alarm. At 0355 Batteries ceased firing. At 1030 D236 fired at the rate of 50 rounds an hour on the Flers Line just South East of Eaucourt L’Abbaye and ceased at 1930. At 1130 and 1330 the 18 pounder Batteries fired 15 four gun salvoes into Eaucourt L’Abbaye. During the night 18 pounder Batteries fired continually on Flers Line at 100 rounds per hour.

    War Diaries

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

  • 21st September 1916 Clean up as weather finer.


    18th DLI took over left subsector from 18 WEST YORKS with 3 Co’s. B.C.D. Right, Centre, & Left in front line and A Co. in support at WINDY CORNER. Very quiet afternoon. 15 WEST YORKS on right of 18th DLI, 11 EAST LANCS on left of Battalion. A fair amount of Minenwerfer activity on both sides.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 21st Sep 1916 Reinforcements

  • 21st Sep 1916 Trump Card

  • 21st Sep 1916 On the March

  • 21st Sep 1916 Fatigues

  • 21st Sep 1916 Trench Recce

  • 21st Sep 1916 Bad Weather

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Cpl. Harry Sidney Holmes. Royal Berkshire Rgt. 8th Btn, "C" Coy Read their Story.
  • Pte William Henry Hunter. Royal Berkshire 2nd Battallion
  • Pte. Richard William Henry Prout. Coldstream Guards 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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