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



24th October 1914

On this day:


  • 2nd Btn Royal Irish Regiment transfer to Lines of Communication   2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment are transferred to the lines of communication after suffering heavy losses near Le Pilly during the Battle of La Bassée.

  • 21st Oct 1914 Entrenching

  • BEF HQ moves again   The HQ of the BEF moved from Mont Cassel to St Omer.

    Holts Battlefield Guide


  • Territorials in action   During the German push along the Menin Road on the 24th of October 1914, a battalion of the 244th Reserve Infantry Regiment overwhelmed the 2nd Wiltshires in the eastern edge of Polygon Wood, causing heavy casualties. The 2nd Warwickshires and Northumberland Hussars were brought up to reinforce them and the Warwicks were successful clearing the enemy from the wood, an action regarded as the first serious engagement of a Territorial unit in the Great War.

    Holts Battlefield Guide


  • Enemy launches attack   About 4pm as darkness fell, heavy shelling began and the enemy were observed massing in a distillery yard opposite La Houssoie railway station, which was held by the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Col. Croker pulled his men back 200 yards from their shallow positions in the fields to form a new defensive line at the low railway embankment. The German artillery halted and the infantry attacked, singing "Wacht am Rhine", blowing whistles and making as much racket as they could. The Leicesters responded with Maxim gun and rifle fire, casualties on both sides were heavy, but the line was not broken.

    Fighting Tigers - Matthew Richardson


  • Continued Action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Started at 0445 and in action as before. Fired about 150 rounds and back in billets at 1830 leaving a section out.

    war diaries


  • 24th October 1914 Reserve position

  • Irishmen to Arms   On Saturday, 24th October 1914 the first recruiting poster for the Tyneside Irish Battalion appeared in the newspaper. Head line: Irishmen, to Arms. The poster also had an application form where by any would be recruit could cut out, fill in, then forward to recruiting office.

  • 24th Oct 1914 Enemy attack

  • 24th Oct 1914 Bayonet Charge

  • 24th Oct 1914 Inspection

  • 24th Oct 1914 Squadron Reassembles

  • 24th Oct 1914 Civilian Labour

  • 24th Oct 1914 Under Shellfire

  • 24th Oct 1914 Withdrawl

  • 24th Oct 1914 Counter Attack

  • 24th Oct 1914 Enemy Attack

  • 24th Oct 1914 Shelling

  • 24th October 1914 Further German attacks repulsed

  • 24th Oct 1914 In Action

  • 24th Dec 1914 Screen





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. Michael Bernes. South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Btn.
  • L/Sgt. Albert Allan Wood. Grenadier Guards 1st Btn. Read their Story.

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