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



24th August 1916

On this day:


  • 3rd Monmouths transferred   252 NCO's and men of the 3rd Monmouth Battalion left to join the 9th Entrenching Battalion. Of these 252 men 200 were transferred on the 20th of September from the 9th Entrenching Battalion into the 9th Welsh Regiment and the remainder into the 9th Welsh Fusiliers.

  • Battery Active   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report it was quiet in the morning. B236 Battery went out of action yesterday leaving only sixteen men and one officer with A236 Battery to work their guns. This is in accordance with new system of reliefs. In the late afternoon greater activity prevailed. The Division on our right (E) attacked the intermediate line at 1745. The Germans shelled Welch Alley and localities adjoining very furiously with heavy shells. Later in the evening A236 was targeted with gas shells. The attack was a failure.

    War Diaries


  • Zeppelin raid on London   24/25th August 1916.

    The sixth successful London raid was on 2425 August when 13 Navy Zeppelins were launched and Heinrich Mathy's L 31 reached London. Flying above low clouds, 36 bombs were dropped in 10 minutes on West Ferry Road, Deptford Dry Dock, the station at Norway Street and homes in Greenwich, Eltham and Plumstead. Nine people were killed, 40 injured and 130,203 of damage was caused.

    L 31 suffered no damage in the attack but several weeks of repair-work were needed following a hard landing.

    John Doran


  • 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary   

    Hill 60 By 10 a.m. enemy gallery clear of water and listeners posted at

    60th Bn. Canadians relieved by Royal Warwicks 4th British Division.

    War Diary Transcript


  • 24th August 1916 inspections and training

  • 24th August 1916 Strenuous Training commences

  • 24th Aug 1916 Working Parties

  • 24th Aug 1916 Trench Work

  • 24th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 24th Aug 1916 Accident





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Sgt. Alfred Sydney Burvett. 24th Infantry Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Chambers. Durham Light Infantry 19th Btn Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. John Cobb. King's Royal Rifle Corps 9th Btn.
  • CSM. Reuben Didcock. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Henry Freeman. Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry 5th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Percy Henry Hodge. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 8th Btn.
  • Pte Wilfred L Lee. Northumberland Fusiliers 19th Btn Read their Story.
  • Rfm Joseph John Marchant. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 16th Bn Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Parsons. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 8th Btn.
  • Sgt. Frederick Charles "Frank" Pocock. Worcester Rgt. 3rd Btn.
  • Pte Leonard Thomas Scarlett. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 9th Btn Read their Story.
  • Rfm. William Turk. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 9th Btn. Read their Story.

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