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

25th June 1916

On this day:

  • 25th Jun 1916 Enemy Active

  • Transfers   118 Brigade RFA transferred from 1 (Canadian) Div to 11 (Northern) Div which had just arrived in France from Egypt. 118 Brigade was then broken up with the 3 x 4.5 how batteries being sent to the existing 3 x 18lb brigades in 11 Div. This now gave the 11 Div 3 field artillery brigades containing 3 batteries of 18 lb field guns and 1 battery of 4.5" howitzers. 461 Battery 118 Brigade therefore became D Battery 58 Brigade RFA. All guns and equipment were left with the Canadians and only the manpower transfered to 11 Div, collecting new guns and equipment on arrival.

  • Wire Cutting   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report from Aix Noulette: Divisional Artillery continued wire cutting in conjunction with the Trench Mortar Batteries. Enemy T.Ms also active at times during the day, but stopped firing when fired on by our Batteries. Aeroplane activity was much less owing to the weather. The sound of heavy bombardment came from just north of the Angres Sector at about 1230.

    War Diaries

  • 25th June 1916 Brigade moves by stages to new Billets

  • Trench Raid   A second raid was set for the night of the 25th/26th June with a few changes from the first, Major J.M.Prior would command the raiding party of the 24th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. This time the Germans were well ready for them. On the right the party under Major Prior reached the enemy parapet but then met with intense rifle and machine gunfire. Forced to retire, they had two men wounded, one managed to walk in under his own power, the other had more serious wounds, he was carried in by Lieutenant Brady and Private E. Hedley.


  • 25th Jun 1916 Aeroplanes Active

  • 25th Jun 1916 On Stand by

  • V Day   Allied Artillery are active, firing shells to cut the belts of wire protecting the enemy trenches and damage the defences. RFC pilots report large explosions at enemy dumps at Longueval, Montauban, Mametz Wood and Pozieres. As the German artillery responds to the bombardment, the positions of 102 hostile batteries are identified. Three enemy observation balloons on Fourth Army front are shot shown by aircraft of the RFC.

    As darkness falls, the infantry holding the allied front line sent out raiding parties to judge the situation. Reports bring mixed news, in some areas, such as at Montauban, the enemy are lightly manning badly damaged trenches, but in other areas such as La Boisselle and Ovillers, the enemy remains at full strength.

  • 25th Jun 1916 Bombardment Intensifies


    0845. D Company 18th DLI left GEZAINCOURT and proceeded to BUS LES ARTOIS.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 25th Jun 1916 Wire Cutting

  • 25th Jun 1916 Preparations for Attack

  • 25th Jun 1916 Training

  • 25th Jun 1916 Lectures

  • 25th Jun 1916 Patrol

  • 25th of June 1916 British Bombardment

  • 25th June 1916 

  • 25th June 1916 Preliminary bombardment continued

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl Arthur Dormer. East Kent Regiment 1st/5th Btn.
  • Rflmn. G. H. Greenaway. London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) 16th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Sidney Lewis Hunter. Royal Garrison Artillery 20th X Trench Bty.
  • L/Cpl. William Hunter. Northumberland Fusiliers 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Btn.
  • Thomas J.E.B. Myles. 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment) Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Brabazon Owens. Royal Engineers Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Brabazon Owens. Royal Engineers Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frank Plows. Durham Light Infantry 18th bat.

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