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



21st September 1918

On this day:


  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers left Terdegem. The Battalion moved to Watou at 1916, route by Steenvorde. Arrived in billets at 2130. Joined the Battalion, 2nd Lieutenants Steele J.H, Inglis J.M, Duncan R.S, and Kernaghan J.

    War Diaries


  • 21st September 1918 Bathing and new clothes. Enemy artillery casualties

  • Royal Engineer visits graves   The writer, a member of of 160 Field Coy RE visited the Royal Berkshire Graves, 700 to 800 graves in a Military Cemetery near Trones Wood and Delville Wood scene of savage fighting on the Somme. There was a horrific loss of life here.

  • 23rd Field Coy RE near Vermand   23rd Field Coy RE are working near Vermand, 12 kilometres east of St Quentin. Three sappers from this company who all died on the 21st of September are buried at the Vermand Communal Cemetery.

  • Turks in Retreat   Royal Air Force aeroplanes operating in support of General Allenby's campaign in Palestine attack and destroy the retreating Turkish 7th Army at Wadi el Far'a. T.E. Lawrence wrote of this attack:- "It was the RAF which had converted the Turkish retreat into a rout, which had abolished their telephone and telegraph connections, had blocked their lorry columns, scattered their infantry units".

    On the night of 2021 September the Seventh Army began to evacuate Nablus. By this time it was the last formed Ottoman army west of the Jordan and although there was a chance that Lt Gen Philip Chetwode's XX Corps might cut off their retreat, its advance had been slowed by Ottoman rearguards. On 21 September, the Seventh Army was spotted by aircraft in a defile west of the river. The RAF proceeded to bomb the retreating army and destroyed the entire column. Waves of bombing and strafing aircraft passed over the column every three minutes and although the operation had been intended to last for five hours, the Seventh Army was routed in 60 minutes. The wreckage of the destroyed column stretched over 6 miles (9.7 km). British cavalry later found 87 guns, 55 motor-lorries, 4 motor-cars, 75 carts, 837 four-wheeled wagons, and scores of water-carts and field-kitchens destroyed or abandoned on the road. Many Ottoman soldiers were killed and the survivors were scattered and leaderless. Lawrence later wrote that: "the RAF lost four killed. The Turks lost a corps."

  • 21st Sep 1918 Attack Made

  • 21st Sep 1918 Reliefs Completed

  • 21st of September 1918 Guns Into Action





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Frank Ernest Birch. MM Bedfordshire Regiment 2nd Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Daniel Davies. Machine Gun Corps 74th Coy. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Allan Leonard Lewis. VC Northamptonshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Donaldson Milligan. Royal Scots 7th Btn.
  • Pte. John Wilfred Ramsey. West Yorks Regiment 10th Battalion
  • Pte. James William Santon. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 6th Battalion Read their Story.

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