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



25th October 1914

On this day:


  • Anti Aircraft defence added at Adeer   In late October 1914 two Quick Firing 6-pdr Hotchkiss guns for anti-aircraft defence were emplaced on the perimeter of the Ardeer Explosives Factory.

  • Enemy renews attack   As dawn broke the enemy launched another attack on line held by the 1st Leicesters on the railway embankment around La Houssoie station. Around the level crossing to the south, D Coy were overwhelmed and about 100 men were taken prisoner. By 9am the British had regained their lost trenches and a bitter hand to hand fight ensued at the level crossing with the Germans engaging heavy weapons. The line was held throughout a day of fighting.

    Amongst the casulaties was 6602 Private Albert Swann, his deathw as reported in the Grantham Journal on the 28th of November 1914: “Yesterday week, Mrs Swann, of Seaton, received an official communication that Pte. Albert Swann, 6602, Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action, and the sympathy and regret of the Army Council was expressed with the widow in her loss. Further information also came on Friday to Mrs Swann, who was visited by Mrs J. Faulks, of Langham, a sister of the deceased, and who had been communicating with relatives at Leicester in order to ascertain the facts. A brother of Mr Percy Garner, 115, Freeman-road, North Leicester, had written:- “I saw a shell hit your poor cousin Albert Swann. It either knocked him right into the earth or blew him into fragments, as nothing was ever seen of him again. I was talking to him less than five minutes before he was hit. He had been talking about his baby.” The cousin who sent this sad news from the front stated that he was saved himself only by a miracle. They were close friends, and the one spared was very much affected by his cousin’s sad end. Another eye-witness, a wounded Leicester from the same Company, who has returned from France to England, asked if he knew a man named Albert Swann, replied:- “I should think I did. Poor fellow! I saw him killed – a sight I never shall forget the longest day I live. A shell hit him and blew him into thousands of bits.” It appears that Pte. A. Swann was killed on Oct. 26th at the battle of Armentieres. Deceased served in India three years, and his nine years in the Reserve virtually expired in October, the month he was slain. He was an agricultural labourer, aged 36, and his aged parents reside at Bisbrooke. The widow, for whom great sympathy is felt, is left with two children, the youngest, a daughter, referred to above, having been born since her father had rejoined his regiment.” Albert Swann is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. His surname on the memorial is recorded as “Swan” and his date of death in the register is stated as 25 October 1914. The same spelling of his surname as Swan also appears on his Medal Index Card, but the war memorial inside All Hallows’ Church at Seaton in Rutland states his name as Albert Swann.

  • Further Action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

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  • 25th October 1914 Reinforcements and Appointments

  • 25th Oct 1914 Enemy attacks on wet night

  • 25th Oct 1914 Very Wet Day

  • 25th Oct 1914 Murder

  • 25th Oct 1914 An Unnerving Effect

  • 25th Oct 1914 A Little War News

  • 25th Oct 1914 In Some Tight Corners

  • 25th Oct 1914 Rain Again

  • 25th Oct 1914 On the March

  • 25th Oct 1914 Very Wet Day

  • 25th Oct 1914 In Action

  • 25th Oct 1914 On the March

  • 25th Oct 1914 Enemy Attacks

  • 25th Oct 1914 Under Shellfire

  • 25th Oct 1914 Holding the Line





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Sgt. Alexander Francis Alcock. Border Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William Jeffs. Leicestershire Regiment 1st Btn. D coy
  • Cpl. Williams Henry Moreby. DCM. 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Sainsbury Mould. Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Percy H. Wright. Norfolk Regiment 1st Btn.
  • Pte. Percy Patricia Wright. Norfolk Regiment 1st Battalion

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