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



26th June 1916

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers suffer casualties in recce   16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers suffer several officer casualties during reconnaissance of attacking start positions near Thiepval.

  • Wire cutting   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report from Aix Noulette. Wire cutting and fire on enemy mortars continued throughout the day. Enemy trench mortars were active on our front, but were silenced by our artillery. At 2330 2nd Division opened a heavy bombardment of enemy trenches on Vimy Ridge. The enemy barrage was fairly heavy for a time but by midnight had practically ceased while our fire carried on until about 0045. At 0445 an exactly similar state of affairs was observed opposite the Loos Salient, very little gun fire was heard and infantry confined themselves chiefly to bombs and machine gun fire.

  • 22nd Northumberlands at Albert   22nd Northumberland Fusiliers are in the Sunken Garden at Albert.

  • 26th June 1916 Brigade moves by stages to new Billets

  • 26th Jun 1916 Officer Rejoins

  • 26th Jun 1916 Artillery Bombardment

  • 26th Jun 1916 Gun Drill

  • 26th Jun 1916 Trench Mortars

  • Firing Rate Increased   W Day. At 9 am the Allied artillery begin a destructive shoot with 80 minutes of intense shellfire. Air photographs from the Royal Flying Corps appear to show good destruction of wire, but wire cutting shellfire was increased with batteries firing at rate of 4-500 shells per gun per day. Gas is released by the Royal Engineers at at Beaumont Hamel and smoke in other parts of the line. Ten trench raids are carried out by infantry units, news is mixed and few prisoners captured, but interrogations give cause for optimism as they are expecting only localised attacks.

  • 26th Jun 1916 Reliefs

  • 26th Jun 1916 Preparations for Attack

  • 26th Jun 1916 Training

  • 26th Jun 1916 Training

  • 26th Jun 1916 Trench Raid

  • 26th Jun 1916 Quiet





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Gnr. Thomas Edward Baker. Royal Field Artillery 28th Bde. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick John Courtney. Leinster Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. J. Dick. Royal Engineers 97th Field Coy.
  • Pte. James Howard. Lancashire Fusiliers 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Griffiths Lewis. South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Daniel McCarthy. MM Royal Garrison Artillery attd. Y Bty. 21st Trench Mortar Bty Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Parkes Somerfield. South Staffordshire Regiment 1st/5th Bn. A Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Wilson. Durham Light Infantry 6th Btn. Read their Story.

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