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23rd July 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



23rd July 1916

On this day:


  • Straffing   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery at Aix-Noulette: Our artillery carried out a strafe at 0100 of 20 rounds per battery. The enemy was quick to retaliate on our support line.

  • 122 Siege Battery RGA at Grouville Riviere   122 Siege Battery RGA at Grouville Riviere with #1 Group, 6th Corps until Sept. 11th

  • 1st Cornwall light Infantry attack   The 1st DCLI took part in an attack on strong points located in the orchards to the north of Delville Wood. The attack began at 3.40 a.m. and despite early success the battalion was driven back to Pont Road by enemy counter attacks.

  • 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary   

    Hill 60 Had trouble with I steel shaft bad ground - Breakaway in Anzac steel shaft.

    Continuing loading chambers in A gallery, as powder is available

  • Promotions and Appointments   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    The only entries during July from images provided are for two senior appointments. 23rd July - Lt Col J Olivant DSO RHA left the 2nd Cavalry Division on promotion to Brigadier General Royal Artillery and moved to the 3rd Division.

    26th July - Lt Col TM Archdale DSO RHA joined the 2nd Cavalry Division.

    July 1916 diary is signed by Captain AG Neville for OC E RHA

  • 23rd July 1916 Church services

  • 23rd July 1916 Gas alarm

  • 23rd Jul 1916 Letters Censored

  • 23rd Jul 1916 On Stand by

  • 23rd Jul 1916 Church Parade

  • 23rd Jul 1916 On the Move

  • 23rd Jul 1916 Resting

  • 23rd Jul 1916 Reinforcements





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. Charles Authors. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William George Bambury. Gloucestershire Regiment 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. J. Cassidy. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Thomas Clark. Yorkshire Regiment 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte Walter Cook. Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry 1st Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Cunningham. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Gunner Matthew Freeman. Royal Garrison Artillery 32nd Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Edward Jones. Manchester Regiment 19th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Lawrence Jordan. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Leonard Clarke Molteno. Gloucestershire Regiment 1/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Finn Barr Rainsbury. Royal Fusiliers 20th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Arthur Smith. West Yorkshire Regiment 10th (Service) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Henry Syddall. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 7th Battalion

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