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

23rd December 1914

On this day:

  • 2nd Buffs return to England   2nd Battalion, East Kent Regiment, The Buffs were a regular army unit and were based in Madras, India when war broke out in August 1914. As soon as a territorial unit arrived to take over the garrision, the 2nd Buffs returned to England, arriving on the 23rd of December. They joined 85th Brigade, 28th Division who were assembling near Winchester.

  • Training continued for 2nd Life Guards    Training for active operations were continued from the 19th of December and included a Route March in Brigade for the 2nd Life Guards on the 23rd instant. Leave is now being granted to the United Kingdom for 25% of officers, 4 NCOs and 12 men per Unit at a time.

    War Diary

  • Padre for Tyneside Irish.   Reverend Father Hartley of Blaydon volunteered to serve as padre to the battalion due to the large number of roman catholic volunteers. Although these volunteers were recruited from the Irish communities most were born in England. It was their parents and grandparents who were Irish. Some were English and just wanted to enlist with their friends. Contracts for uniforms and equipment were placed with local companies. The colour Khaki was said to be the true colour for the Irish uniforms. Although many of Kitchener, Armies wore blue,known as Kitchener blue. It was decided by the Tyneside Irish committee that Khaki uniforms would be issued at much delight to the men. On 23rd December 1914 a Christmas dinner, with beer, for those in Dunn's buildings was given, a grand concert took place in the Town Hall on the 28th. Recruiting continued.


  • 23rd Dec 1914 All Quiet

  • 23rd Dec 1914 Marvelous Works

  • 23rd Dec 1914 Glad to leave the Farm

  • 23rd Dec 1914 Defensive Positions

  • 23rd Dec 1914 Reliefs

  • 23rd December 1914 Bad weather limiting action again

  • 23rd Dec 1914 Trench Work

  • 23rd December 1914 Parcels

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