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



23rd March 1918

On this day:


  •    The 10th Battalion was fighting in direct contact with the 9th Cuirassiers (French Army) in Frières-Faillouël. People who were present said that because of the thick fog, smoke from the guns and mustard gas used by the germans, sun never rose for two days. The Britsh, French and Germans were fighting like mad in the forest. Major Tween commanding the 10th Battalion was badly wounded by machine gun fire and died after being taken to a near by hospital. (A few years ago the town decided to give to the road that goes through the forest the name "route du 9e cuirassiers et du 10e Essex" and we put a plaque outside of the townhall "En souvenir des hommes du 10e Essex qui se réunirent sur cette place avant de livrer combat". Every two years the town organises a commemoration of the event in front of a old keeper's cottage on the site of the battle. Then go to the British, French and German graveyards. Various documents on the subject are help in the town archives)

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    At Ollizey all day, fell back on farm house in front of Fleuesele.

    War Diaries


  • 23rd Mar 1918 Troops Withdraw

  • 23rd Mar 1918 Surrounded

  • 23rd Mar 1918 On the Move

  •    BOYELLES

    Quiet during day. Two men slightly wounded by shell fire. Received orders during the evening to side slip South and occupy another part of the ARMY LINE. WELSH GUARDS relieved us. Moved along ARRAS – BAPAUME Road to new position. Two Coy’s each side of the ARRAS – BAPAUME Road. Moved the Coy’s again and eventually settled the whole Battalion on the East side of the ARRAS Road.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 23rd Mar 1918 Hostile Attack

  • 23rd Mar 1918 In Action

  • 23rd Mar 1918 On the Move

  • 23rd Mar 1918 Withdrawal

  • 23rd Mar 1918 Withdrawal

  • 23rd Mar 1918 Shelling

  • 23rd Mar 1918 Sports

  • 23rd March 1918 Congratulatory message





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Robert Anderson. Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Arthur Blackman. Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte Edwin Henry Brooks. Oxfordshire & Bucks Light infantry 5th Battalion
  • Pte. Percy Dudley Burchell. Royal Sussex Regiment 13th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Clark. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Frederick Crowther. Durham Light Infantry 20th Btn. B Coy Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Henry Curzon. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 8th Btn Read their Story.
  • Dvr. Hubert Ernest "Bert" Dines. Royal Horse Artillery Q Battery Read their Story.
  • Pte. John James Doyle. Yorkshire Regiment 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Edward Friday. Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regt. 11th (Lambeth) Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Little Gilchrist. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 1/8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William John Green. Queens West Surrey 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Hardy. Royal Army Medical Corps Read their Story.
  • Pte. Deggory Holdcroft. Royal Scots 15th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Benjamin Jones. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Btn.
  • Pte. Ernest Job Keay. Northumberland Fusiliers 23rd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish) Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. George William Kemp. London Regiment 22nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Albert Knott. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt. James Ganly Marks. Seaforth Highlanders 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Lees Mills. Grenadier Guards 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Clifford Abraham Moon. West Yorkshire Regiment 19th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Hezekiah Gordon O'Brien. Welsh Regiment 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas OReilly. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Dvr. John Rowell. Royal Field Artillery 16th Brigade. Q Bty.
  • Pte. William Thomas Royle. 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Louis Slimmer. East Yorkshire Regiment 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Solan. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Btn.
  • Sgt. William Herbert Westall. Machine Gun Corps 61st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert James White. Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry 5th Btn.

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