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



26th August 1918

On this day:


  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Companies did training from 0900 to midday and from 1330 to 1430. The "Merry Mauves" gave a performance at 1430 in the open air but it was curtailed owing to rain. 2330. At night C Company went on work party to Blue Line but there were no tools available. Enemy put 60 gas shells into Godewaersvelde.

    The Merry Mauves were the Ulster Divisional Troupe originally called "The Follies" which had been entertaining the troops since early 1916 with very popular concerts.

  • 26th August 1918 Relief in trenches

  • 106th Field Coy Re on the move   In the Champagne District, 106 Field Coy RE were all ready at midnight with full pack and 100 rounds of ammunition. Infantry marching up all night whilst Germans firing over their heads. The 106 then detrained at Fismes far behind the line. The Germans were attacking fast and almost caught the writer at Unchaer whilst he was acting as a messenger for the Company. The fighting continued at Colounge and the Company were attacked by German Fighter planes, they fired at the planes. At Nappis the Sappers were fighting as infantry, they managed to stop the German advance here until the French arrived to take over. Food and Cigarettes short, the writer becomes the runner for Command Royal Engineers for the Company. Bridges at Port Le Binson and Dumery ready to be blown up if Germans attack, sappers in charge and the post is always manned. The Sappers report at Reams for a role call, only 20 men of the original Company of 250 are left. The Company were now able to rest because of the arrival of the Americans. Other places mentioned were Peus, Sinthills and Royin where the 106 were rested for 9 Days.

  • 26th Aug 1918 Attack Made





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. William Aspill. Royal Irish Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Henry Blight. Royal Berkshire Regiment 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Maurice Brady. Leinster Regiment Depot Read their Story.
  • Pte James Younger Charlton. Durham Light Infantry 4th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Francis Flynn. Durham Light Infantry 15th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Emile Frey. London Regiment 1/15th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. John Grierson. Lancashire Fusiliers 2/5th Battalion
  • Pte. Arthur Stanley Holder. London Regiment 12th (The Rangers) Battalion
  • Pte. James Kay. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1/4th Battalion
  • Rfn. William Matthew Kinsela. London Regiment 1/28th (Artists' Rifles) Btn Read their Story.

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