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23rd May 1915 - 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 May 1915

On this day:


  • Italy declares war   Italy declares war on Germany and Austria

  • 3rd Monmouths on the move   The 3rd Mons left Winnezeele and joined the 1st Mons that night in bivouacs in the Vlamertinghe Woods.

  • Battle of Festubert     15th London Battery fired twenty four rounds on J.13 and four rounds on J.12. 16th London Battery fired twenty nine rounds on S Bend, J.6 and J.7.

  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium May 1915.   1st Royal Scots relieved and pulled out of Sanctuary Wood.

    Between 12th April 1915 to 23rd of May 1915 the 1st Battalion Royal Scots lost 52 men in or around Sanctuary Wood, who have no known grave and are commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

  • 23rd May 1915 9th Lancers in trenches

  • Lt. Millar arrives for instruction   Lt. G Millar Medical Officer of 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry joined 19th Field Ambulance, at Erquinghem-Lys, today for instruction. He proceeded with me to Advanced Post at Gris Pot to see position and proceeds tonight with Lt. Grellier to see procedure of collecting sick and wounded from Regimental Aid Posts. Visited 19 1B head quarters for conference on operation to take place tonight, which was postponed later for 24 hours.

  • 23rd May 1915 6th Blackwatch in the trenches

  • 23rd May 1915 2nd Seaforths in dugouts

  • 23rd May 1915 7th Londons take prisoners

  • 23rd May 1915 Queens Bays suffer losses

  • 23rd May 1915 Church Parade

  • 23rd May 1915 Into Bivouacs

  • 23rd May 1915 Withdrawn

  • 23rd May 1915 Front Line Trenches

  • 23rd May 1915 Reliefs

  • 23rd May 1915 Reliefs

  • 23rd May 1915 Training





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. William Bell. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Donald Campbell. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Col. Walter Greenwood. East Lancashire Regiment 1/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Malloy. 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Pattison. Durham Light Infantry 5th Btn. Read their Story.

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