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

24th April 1915

On this day:

  • 3rd Monmouths in the line   On the 24 April authentic news was brought to the 3rd Monmouth Battalion's trenches about what had being happening elsewhere in the battle zone; the first gas attack had indeed taken place. The French had retreated on the north point of the Salient; the enemy had broken the Allied Line along Pilckem Ridge; the 1st Division Canadians had won honour and fame by filling the vital gap in the Line and helped to save the town of Ypres . The British had repeated counter attacks and stemmed the advance of the enemy towards Ypres . History would record that day as the start of the bloody Battle of St Julien, when the Germans took the village of St Juliaan and it would continue until 24th May.

  • Daily Battery Activity 6th London Brigade RFA    6th County of London Brigade RFA's 15th Battery registered K works (3600 yards), R2 works (3500 yds) and R1 (3600 yds), firing thirty six rounds. Their Wagon Line was shelled with one man being wounded, two horses killed and four horses injured. 16th Battery completed the registration which was interrupted yesterday. Zone registered - A.3.a.0.2 to S.26.b.9.6. Range 3359/3550 yards. 17th Battery fired at the end of the communication trench in Cantileux. Range 4125 yards.

    War Diaries

  • 6th Squadron forced to retreat   Under heavy Germam shelling at Poperinghe, No 6 Squadron RFC were forced to move further back to join No.4 Squadron at Abeele Aerodrome. At around this time a scout flight comprising Martinsyde S1 and Bristol scout aircraft was added to the squadron to protect their reconnaissance planes.

  • Germans use gas in Flanders   At 4 in the morning the Germans released a cloud of gas as a prelude to an attack on the Allied lines near Ypres. Despite international laws against the uses of gas in warfare, some German officials noted that only gas projectiles appeared to be specifically banned, and that no prohibition could be found against simply releasing deadly chemical weapons and allowing the wind to carry it to the enemy.

    Holts Battlefield Guide

  • The "Second Battle of Ypres". 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium April 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.

  • O Class Zeppelin   Zeppelin LZ39

    • Production Ref: LZ39
    • Class type : O
    • Tactical ref: none
    • Usage: Military
    • First Flight: 24th April 1915


    Three raids on the Western, later two on the Eastern Front, dropping a total of 4,184 kg (9,224 lb) of bombs. On the 17th December 1915, captained by Dr. Lempertz, LZ 39 was hit several times by shrapnel during an attack on Rovno. All rear gas cells were punctured and the front engine car was hit and later fell off. The crew abandoned the now over stressed control cabin, dropped ballast and shifted loads to rebalance the ship and used an emergency control station in the rear to limp back to Germany. Upon forced landing the ship collapsed because material for repair and the supply of gas needed to refill the cells were not available.

    John Doran

  • Further moves   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Started at 0430 and moved to 17 miles north of Vlamertinghe where went into bivouac at 2130. Wet night and cold.

    war diaries

  • 24th of April 1915 Setting Reserve Brigades

  • 24th of April 1915 Placing the Artillery

  • 24th of April 1915 Transfer of Infantry

  • 24th of April 1915 Northumberlands into Reserve

  • 24th of April 1915 Leadership changes

  • 24th of April 1915 Units in position

  • Manchester City Battalions move camp   The four Manchester City Battalions left Heaton Park Camp for Belton Park near Grantham, Lincolnshire. 18th Battalion left Heaton park in the early morning, marching through Manchester to London Road station to entrain for Grantham. On arrival they marched 3 miles to Belton park.

  • 24th Apr 1915 Ships embark Mudros

  • Brigade Ordered to Move    Operation Order No.2 issued by Brig Gen. Sewerel J. Riddell 149th Bde at Brandhoek. 24/4/15 4:35

    1. The Brigade is to move off at once via Vlamertinghe and Ypres to a point about 2 miles east of Ypres.

    2. Troops will move as per margin the head of the 4th Btn passing the cross roads just north of the ---- E in Poperinghe at 6 p.m.

    • H.Q.
    • 4th Btn N.F.
    • 6th Btn N.F.
    • 7th Btn N.F.
    • 5th Btn N.F.

    3. Machine guns only will accompany units. All other first line transport and blanket wagons will be brigaded under the brigade transport officer and will follow in near the Brigade.

    4. Balance of rations in hand should be taken on the man or in Cook's wagon.

    5. Reports to head of 4th Btn N.F.


  • 24th Apr 1915 7th Northumberlands on the March

  • 24th Apr 1915 5th Lincs Relieve 4th Leics

  • 24th Apr 1915 The Problem with Mules

  • 24th Apr 1915 Reliefs

  • 24th Apr 1915 Deportation of Armenians

  • 24th April 1915 In Action

  • 24th April 1915 On the March

  • 24th Apr 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 24th Apr 1915 Under Shellfire

  • 24th Apr 1915 On the Move

  • 24th Apr 1915 In the Trenches

  • 24th Apr 1915 On the Move

  • 24th Apr 1915 At Sea

  • 24th of April 1915 Reliefs

  • 24th Apr 1915 Stand To

  • 24th of April 1915 Appendix 19 - Positions of Northumberland Division

  • 24th Apr 1915 On the Move

  • 24th Apr 1915 On the March

  • 24th May 1915 9th Lancers Operational Report

  • 24th Aug 1915 RE Explode Enemy Mine

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John James Ashton. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Cpl. Frederick Barnes. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. James Bilton. Royal Irish Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Bowman. Durham Light Infantry 1st/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Alfred Brown. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. Vincent Cleeves. 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Morris Dawson. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. Daniel Doran. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. B Coy.
  • Pte. Charles Emmerson. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Fred Fisher. VC. Canadian Infantry 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Snow Foy. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Cpl. Andrew Campbell Hepburn. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Hodd. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. John Henry Miller. Durham Light Infantry 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Small. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Pte Walter Oliver Underwood. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 4th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Fred Woolf. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn.

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