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



26th December 1915

On this day:


  • Observation Posts Sighted   6th County of London Brigade RFA spend Boxing Day at Annequin. The 17th London Battery at 1000 fired sixteen H.E. on suspected Observation Point on the Dump, in reply to enemy shelling of railway in G.3. On first direct hit the enemy ceased firing. At 1030 16th London Battery fired eleven Shrapnel and five H.E. on Cross Trench in retaliation. They fired again at 1220 and 1352 (forty eight Shrapnel and 2 H.E.). At 1400 a single gun from 16th London Battery at G.2.b.7.7 registered ----- --. OC. the 17th London Battery observed two Germans walking along railway from A.28.b.1.5. to Auchy Alley and movement in roof of a large square red house about A.29.a.0.5. There are artificial observation holes in the roof where tiles have been removed in west front and from south gable. A tape stretched on stakes behind German front line probably marking a new trench from junction of Cross Trench and Little Willie to Hindenburgh trench. O.C. 19th Battery reports that there is a look out post on the left of the mound produced by the explosion of the crater. 19th London Battalion relieved the 18th.

    War Diaries


  • 13th Yorks & Lancs sail for Egypt   13th Btn Yorks and Lancs sail for Egypt aboard the SS Andania.

  • 9th Lancers Digging Party Resume Work   9th Lancers in billets, HQ Enquin. Church of England parade service at 1215 hours at Preures. Digging Party returned to its duties under Captain Taylor-Whitehead. 1 Other Rank from Temporary Hospital.

    War Diary


  • Ongoing Action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    26th Dec - Nothing to report

    27th Dec - At about 1350 the Battery was shelled by 5.9 Howitzers Shelling continued till about 1530 but no gun-pit, dugout or man was hit. One shell burst about 10 yards short of number 3 gun and another 10 yards over, the remainder were scattered everywhere. Some in the orchard where the fuses were, some outside, some on the far side of the road behind the guns.

    28th Dec - Did no shooting and filled up the holes made yesterday.

    29th Dec - No shooting.

    30th Dec - Did a good deal of shooting.

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  • 26th Dec 1915 Lucky for Once

  • 26th Dec 1915 At Rest

  • 26th Dec 1915 Conduct Questioned

  • 26th Dec 1915 Search Lights Somewhere in France

  • 26th Dec 1915 Bad Cases

  • 26th Dec 1915 In Reserve

  • 26th Dec 1915 Regimental Sports

  • 26th Dec 1915  Reliefs

  • 26th Dec 1915 Route March





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Sgt. John Albert Stainthorpe. Durham Light Inantry 14th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Widowson. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.

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