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26th April 1918 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



26th April 1918

On this day:


  • Withdrawal to new defences   59th Heavy Artillery Brigade

    30th SB ordered to pull out and proceed at once to Esquelbcq under administration of 25th Brigade RGA. 37th, 335th & 350th SB's ordered to pull out 1 section and get it into action on the Red Line position. 350th SB subsequently pulled out remaining section. 335th SB were badly shelled on the Canal Bank during the move, 1 man being killed and 4 wounded.

  • Counter Attack   At 3am., the 25th. Division and the French on the right of 6th Btn West Riding Regt carried out a counter-attack opposite Kemmell Hill and village and the 1/4th Battalion D of W West Ridings advanced to the forward line in conjunction with this. Owing to the heavy enemy barrage, the French did not get forward and the troops of the 25th. Division and 1/4th. D. of W. Battalion were withdrawn. Some prisoners were taken.

    The day passed fairly quietly and wiring was pushed on with during the night. 2nd. Lieutenant Swaby was in charge of a carrying party and inadvertently led his party in front of our line. To ascertain his position, he went forward with his orderly and several shots were heard by the party. Although patrols were sent out, no trace of either 2nd. Lieutenant Swaby or his runner was found (NB. These casualties are actually listed as being on the 25th. by the casualty list printed in May 1918; it is not known which is correct).

    Casualties for 6th West Ridings on this day were 265572 Corporal E. Rimmer (Wounded), 242607 Private T. Foster (Wounded), 41152 Private C. Ingram (Killed in Action), 41167 Private J. E. Laing (Wounded), 41203 Private R. Shippey (Wounded at duty).

  •    GD SEC BOIS

    Patrol of 1 Officer & 20 OR sent out to try to rush a house which was reported occupied by enemy machine gun at E.11.d.3.4. Barrage was to cooperate but fell too far behind the house which was found to be strongly manned by 3 machine guns and the attack failed. Lt Col LOWE MC relieved Maj INCE MC in the morning. In the evening C Coy dug in and wired a platoon front in the front line between our right and left 11th E YORKS REGT about E.11.c.2.2. and B Coy dug in a platoon post as a northern extension of support line about E.4.c.15.20. C.O. and Coy Commanders of 1st BORDER REGT visited Hd Qtrs to settle relief for night 27/28. A patrol visited house E.11.d.2.4. to secure identification but the enemy was in large numbers.

  • 26th Apr 1918 Patrols

  • 26th Apr 1918 Excerise





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Bertie Balson. Wiltshire Regiment 1st Battalion (Duke of Edinburgh's) Read their Story.
  • Pte. George William Bonner. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 1st/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Robert Bruce. Durham Light Infantry 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Bandmaster Cecil Frederick Gottlieb Coles. London Regiment 9th Btn. 1QVR Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Frederick Easom. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Hartigan. Sherwood Forresters 2nd Btn.
  • 2nd Lt F Heslop. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 1st Btn Read their Story.
  • Spr. Frederick Jackson. Royal Engineers 526th Field Coy Corps Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Peter Paul McArdle. Cheshire Regiment 1/2 Btn. Att 1/4th Btn. York & Lancs Rgt. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Needham. Northumberland Fusiliers 17th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Capt. Edgar Vincent Peter Parsons. Worcestershire Regiment 3rd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Wallace Roberts. South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Charles Henry Rushby. Lincolnshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.

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