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

25th November 1916

On this day:

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers rejoin 32 Division   The 16th Btn Northumberland Fusilers rejoin 32 Division at Amplier.

  • Infantry Officers Instructed   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Infantry officers attached to A236 and B236 Batteries for instruction. Batteries did not fire with observation being bad.

    War Diaries

  • French Battleship Suffren Sinking   

    French Battleship Suffren

    Name Suffren, Type Battleship, Country French.
    GRT 12,750 tons, Built 1899, Builder Arsenal de Brest.
    Operator French navy


    On the 25 Nov 1916, U 52 (Hans Walther) Sank the French Battleship Suffren, 90 miles West of Portugal (39.10N, 10.48W). There were no survivors with crew of 648 lost.

    John Doran

  • 33 Bn AIF lecture on respirators   Battalion HQ moved to Walters Farm. Captain Pollard 34th Division Gas Officer lectured to all Officers & Sergeants re new Respirators.

    War Diary of 33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force

  • 33rd Battalion AIF Special Order No.1   33rd Battalion AIF Special Order No.1 by Lieutenant-Colonel LJ Horshead Commanding, Waltres Farm near Steenwerke 25.11.1916.

    1. The following officers and specialists will parade at Battalion Headquarters at 8:45 am on 26.11.1916, and will proceed to the trenches: Officers, Commanding Officer, Intelligence Officer, Adjutant, Quartermaster, Transport Officer, Lewis Gun Officer, Signalling Officer, Scout Officer, Second-in-command Cos.

    2. The CO, Adjutant, Quartermaster and Transport Officer will return to billets in the afternoon, the others will remain in the trenches and will take their Batmen.

    3. Headquarters 12 Lewis gunners, 8 signallers.

    4. COMPANIES 1NCO per platoon, 3 snipers, 1 signaller, 1 Gas NCO, 3 Scouts, 1 Runner, 3 Lewis gunners.

    5. This party will proceed to Armentières in motor lorries.

    6. The O's C Co's will be careful in the selection of their specialists for this advance party.

    7. Officers will take their valises.

    8. 2 companies of the Battalion will move forward to the trenches on the 27th inst., the remainder on the 28th.

    (signed) RC Jones, Second Lieutenant Adjutant, 33rd Battalion AIF

    Copy no.1 to OC A Co. Copy no.2 to OC B Co. Copy no.3 to OC C Co. Copy no.4 to OC D Co. Copy no.5 to Intelligence Officer Copy no.6 to QM Copy no.7 to Transport Officer Copy no.8 to Lewis Gun Officer Copy no.9 to Bombing Officer Copy no.10 to Scout Officer

    33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force war Diary Appendix

  • 25th November 1916 Pioneer formation event postponed

  • 25th November 1916 ongoing trench activity and reinforcements

  • 25th Nov 1916 A Parcel from Home

  • 25th Nov 1916 Steady Rain

  • 25th Nov 1916 On the Move


    Quiet – still raining occasionally. A Co relieved B Co in left Coy sector. Patrols reconnoitred enemy wire and No Man’s Land.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 25th Nov 1916 Wet and Miserable

  • 25th Nov 1916 On the March

  • 25th Nov 1916 Relief

  • 25th Nov 1916 Training

  • 25th of November 1916 Hostile Fire

  • 25th Nov 1916 On the March

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Henry William Brooks. Royal Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Clarence George Crook. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 1st/7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte James Wilson Davidson. Northumberland Fusiliers 19th Btn Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Charles Edward Flint. Lincolnshire Regiment 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl Thomas Gray Leach. Northumberland Fusiliers 19th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Lillas. Lancashire Fusiliers 19th Battalion
  • Pte. William H. Randle. Sherwood Foresters 10th Btn. Read their Story.

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