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



25th September 1915

On this day:


  • 10th Scottish Rifles suffer at Loos   On this day, 10th Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), part of 15 (Scottish) Div, attacked the German lines at Loos in their first major engagement of the Great War. The battalion lost 255 dead this day.

  • 1st Wiltshires in action   1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment took part in the Battle of Loos. Troops went over the top on 25th September 1915, after several days of intense shelling of the German lines.

  •    2nd Battalion fought at Loos on this day, attacking Hulluch Quarries.Their advance commenced at 6.30am. Taking the German front line trench & support trench and then onto the Quarries as far as St Elie,capturing 60 prisoners.Other Ranks Killed - 64. Wounded - 171. Missing - 273.

  • Battle of Loos   6th London Field Artillery Bde march from Haillicourt to Les Brebis and bivouacked at Les Brebnis. They were part of artillery support for 140,141 and 142 Infantry Brigades in 47th Division which was attached to 4th Corps. Capt. Corsan was wounded in the neck by a bullet whilst fixing in Maroc for detached section of 15th London Battery. Lt Bruce was wounded during the initial attack by the 19th Battalion London Regiment just as he reached the German front line trenches. Detached section (under 2/Lt Petro) fixed on Double Crassier during the infantry attack. The 15th London Battery detached section under Capt. Corsan fired during the attack.

  • 8th SLI in action at Chalk Pit Wood   The 8th Somerset Light Infantry are in action at Chalk Pit Wood, Loos during the Battle of Loos.

  • 1st Battalion Royal Scots in France 1915.   1st Battalion in Somme region Picardie, France

  • 14th DLI enter the trenches   The 14th battalion DLI's first experience of total war took place on the 25th September 1915 when the 14th were moved up into reserve trenches on the Loos battlefield, near Noeux-les-Mines.

  • 25th September 1915 9th Lancers on the march

  • Sheffield City Battalion depart Ripon   The 12th York and Lancs Battalion leave Ripon Camp late at night, they march through pouring rain to the station and entrain for an eleven hour journey to Salisbury.

  • 25th Sep 1915 Into Action at the Gallop

  • 25th Sep 1915 Beyond all Imagination

  •    The 7th and 8th Battalions Kings Own Scottish Borderers where at the Battle of Loos on September 25th 1915. The 7th KOSB lost approx 2/3 of their numbers and the 8th KOSB lost approx 1/3 of their numbers that day and over the next 2 days.

  • Further moves   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    1400 Orders received to concentrate for move E. Marched with Brigade to Cauchy - left 1600 got in around 2300. Roads very crowded and blocked, raining hard. 3 remounts joined us on the march. Good strong Americans.(horses)

  • 25th September 1915 Back into action

  • 8th East Yorks in action   According to the Battalion War Diary 8th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment took part in the main attack at Loos on the 25th September 2015 and were not in reserve. They were fighting in the SE corner of Loos village and also had two companies on the slack heaps throughout the 25th and 26th September 1915

  • 25th Sep 1915 Piped over the Parapet

  • 25th Sep 1915 1st Bty RFA in action

  • Assualt Launched   At 6.30 on the morning of 25th of September 1915, the four-day artillery bombardment paused, gas and smoke was released and the infantry assault was launched. The gas released on I Corps front hung between the lines or blew back into British positions, notably on the northern flank around the Brickstacks. To the northern edge of the battlefield, advancing infantry emerging from the cloud suffered high losses as they were met with devastating machine gun fire. The second wave advanced once the gas at cleared, only this time to be cut down by a hail of machine gun fire and a shower of bombs. Gas was far more effective on IV Corps front south of the Grenay Ridge, in front of 15 & 47 Division sector the gas drifted towards the German trenches and the advance more successful. On some divisional fronts the gas was supplemented with smoke candles, as gas was not available in sufficient quantity. Even though it would not cause casualties, the smoke looked the same as gas and so forced the defenders to continue taking all the inconvenient anti-gas precautions. It had been estimated that to clear the German positions would require two hours of gas: but there was only enough for forty minutes, which even then, had to be supplemented with smoke.

    Many of the British units achieved their first objectives, but the reserve troops urgently needed to exploit these initial successes were a long way back and after a long exhausting march did not go into action until the following day. By which time the German reinforcements were counter-attacking and the British were driven back.

    By the end of the day the Allies had lost 13 Battalion commanders, over 400 officers and 8,500 men of other ranks.

  • 25th Sep 1915 8th Devons Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 1st South Staffs in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 10th Gordons Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 10th Scottish Rifles Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 9th Black Watch Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 Diversionary Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915  2nd Warwicks Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 5th Ox & Bucks in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 9th RWF in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 12th Rifle Brigade in Support

  • 25th Sep 1915 11th Royal Scots in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 Prisoners Escape

  • 25th Sep 1915 Diversionary Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 No Mercy

  • 25th Sep 1915 2nd HLI in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 19th Brigade in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 Ports Bombarded

  • 25th Sep 1915 German Positions Bombarded

  • 25th Sep 1915 Three Lines Captured

  • 25th Sep 1915 10th Sherwoods and 7th Borders Cover

  • 25th Sep 1915 Diversionary Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 Out of the Line

  • 25th Sep 1915 5th Camerons in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 2nd Ox & Bucks in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 engineers Bridge Enemy Trenches

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Reserve

  • 25th Sep 1915 1st Glosters in Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 2nd Coldstreams Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 Bursting Shells

  • 25th Sep 1915 9th Liverpools in Acton

  • 25th Sep 1915 First to Reach Loos

  • 25th Sep 1915 6th KRRC in Action

  •  Rats doing the Tango

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Acion

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Action

  • 25th Sept 1915 

  • 25th Sep 1915 Attack Continues

  • 25th Sep 1915 The Great Charge

  • 25th Sep 1915 Paying Back Old Debts

  • 25th Sep 1915  Beyond Powers of Description

  • 25th Sep 1915 Sap Held

  • 25th Sep 1915 Oblivious to the Fire

  • 25th Sep 1915 On the Attack

  • 25th Sep 1915 Out of the Line

  • 25th Sep 1915 Artillery In Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Camp

  • 25th Sep 1915 Artillery Active

  • 25th Sep 1915 On the March

  • 25th Sep 1915 Into the Trenches

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 In Action

  • 25th Sep 1915 Under Fire





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Walter Ainsworth. Warwickshire Regiment 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. William Allison. Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own) 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Capt. George William Ashby. London Regiment 6th (City of London) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Thomas Ashe. Royal Irish Rifles 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Henry Baker. Lincolnshire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Raymond Bassett. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd Battalion
  • Pte. Harry Percy Baulk. Queen's Royal West Surrey 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfm. James Behan. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte John Berry. 6th
  • Pte. Albert Charles Bick. West Surrey Regiment 8 Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Charles Bick. Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Birch. South Staffordshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Frederick Charles "Fred" Bird. Rifle Brigade 2nd Btn Read their Story.
  • Rflm. Michael Bowes. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn.
  • Pte. Christopher John Caudwell. Lincolnshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. James Fairley Christie. Scottish Rifles 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. John Rattray Clark. Queens Own Cameron Highlanders 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfm. Frank Cliffe. Rifle Regiment 12th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. John Cove. King's Royal Rifle Corps 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Walter Edward Cowles. King's Royal Rifle Corps 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry John Cozier. Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry 5th Battalion
  • L/Cpl. Percy Cresswell. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John William Cutmore. Durham Light Infantry 15th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt-Col. Charles Elrington Duncan Davidson-Houston. DSO. 58th (Vaughan's) Rifles Read their Story.
  • Lt.Col. Charles Elrington Duncan Davidson-Houston. DSO. 58th (Vaughan's) Rifles Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert R Deary. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. T. Dick. Royal Engineers 3rd Signal Coy.
  • Sig. Arthur Johnson Dixon. Durham Light Infantry 15th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt.Col. Richard Charles Dundas. MID Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt.Col. Richard Charles Dundas. Royal Scots Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Thomas Dunn. Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Btn Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Albert John Edwards. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 1st Btn. D Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Henry Eustace. Princess Charlotte of Wales Royal Berkshire Regime 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. James Flynn. Rifle Brigade 9th (Service) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Foster. Middlesex Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. George Glyn Fowler. Kings Royal Rifle Corps Read their Story.
  • Lt. George Glyn Fowler. King's Royal Rifle Corps Read their Story.
  • Pte. Leonard Norton "Dick" Gammidge. London Regiment 15th (Civil Service Rifles) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alexander Thomas Gilbert. Somerset Light Infantry 8th Btn.
  • Pte. Francis Gore. Highland Light Infantry 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Joseph Guest. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Joseph Guest. Cameronians Scottish Rifles 10th Battalion
  • Pte. Frederick Somerton Gunter. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Hamilton. Seaforth Highlanders 8th Battalion
  • Pte. George Leonard Hey. Royal Berkshire Regment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Hickling. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Hilton. Kings Liverpool Regiment 12th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Major William James Seymour Hosley. MID King's Own Scottish Borderers 6th Btn.
  • Pte. Robert Thomas Hughes. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Impson. Somerset Light Infantry 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl William Kelly. Argylle & Sutherland Highlanders 3rd then 2nd Battalions
  • Capt. Arthur Forbes Gordon Kilby. VC MC South Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Lascelles. Durham Light Infantry 15th Batn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Lewis. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Lewis. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Lister. Scottish Rifles (Cameronians) 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harold Makin. Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Btn.
  • Pte. Harry Marriott. Border Regiment 2nd Battalion, Machine Gun Section Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Marshall. Kings Own Scottish Borderers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John William Mason. Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt. David McCann. Black Watch 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. William Johnston McVitie. London Regiment 9th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles William Milne. Cameron Highlanders 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frank Moore. 2nd Btn.
  • Capt. Alexander Morrison. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Parr. Cameronians Scottish Rifles 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte John "Jock" Paterson. Gordon Highlanders 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rflemn. George Peachment. VC. King's Royal Rifle Corps 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt. Charles Power. Royal Warwickshire Regt 2nd Btn.
  • Rflmn. Bernard Thomas Quinn. Rifle Vrigade 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Capt. Anketell Moutray Read. VC. Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Robert Roberts. Rifle Brigade 2nd Bn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Walter DeFrece Robson. Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Archibald Scott. Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Btn.
  • Pte. James Scott. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lt. James Scott. MiD. Gordon Highlanders 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Capt. Henry Langton Skrine. Somerset Light Infantry 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Smith. West Surrey Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Sparrow. Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. David Steele. Royal Irish Rifles 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Corporal David Stoddart. Seaforth Highlanders 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Anderson Taylor. Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Laird Taylor. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Herbert Taylor. West Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Battalion
  • Pte. Robert Dixon Hardy Thomas. Somerset Light Infantry 8th Battallion Read their Story.
  • Pte Robert "Little Bob" Thrower. Seaforth Highlanders 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Arthur William Winterton Turnour. Rifle Brigade 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Andrew Wallace. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 1st/7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt Joseph Webber. Somerset Light Infantry 8th Btn
  • Sgt. Harry Wells. VC. Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. James Heslop White. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Wilkins. Royal Welch Fusiliers 9th Btn.
  • L/Sgt Leonard Norman Wilkinson. Border Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lt. Michael William Maxwell Windle. Devonshire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.

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