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

26th March 1918

On this day:

  •    BRAY

    Intensive platoon training & working parties. 250 ORs work on Corps wiring scheme.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 25th Mar 1918 Withdrawal

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-138

    Type Large Ms. Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig Ordered 27 May 1916 Launched 12 Jan 1917 Commissioned 26 Mar 1918

    Commanders Career No patrols. No flotilla information available Successes No successes.

    Fate - unknown

    There was another U 138 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 18 May 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 27 Jun 1940.

    John Doran

  • 26th Mar 1918 On the Move

  • 26th Mar 1918 A Cushy Place


    Received orders to move back to support of Y&L who were to dig a line from A.3.d.9.8. to S.28 Central. In support, our position was A.3.b.5.5. We should have received these orders at midnight to get into position before daylight but they did not arrive until about 8.30am which resulted in our having to move in daylight. The Battalion moved safely into position under fairly heavy shelling near MOYENVILLE and commenced digging in when Lt Col H F G CARTER and Capt G B STAFFORD were wounded. Capt L A DICK took over command of the Battalion. Received orders that a general retirement had been ordered on to a line running from ADINFER to FICHEUX to fight a rear guard action conforming to movements of the units on our flanks. Could find no trace of 15th WYR but were in touch with Y&L and in agreement with them commenced retiring leaving half of C Coy to fight a rear guard action. Cane to GUARDS DIV who held a line 500x (approx) from where we had commenced to dig in and retire through them eventually arriving about 1000x from ADINFER to VALLEY WOOD. Capt DICK and Adjt went to Bde HQ saw the Brigadier who seemed to think the orders to retire should not have been issued. Y&L and ourselves received orders to return to our original line at MOYENVILLE. OC Y&L wounded and a Capt took over command of his Battalion. Moved forward again both Battalions to about 500x behind GUARDS DIV & Capt LA DICK & the Adjt OC Y&L & Bde IO went forward of the line held by the GUARDS DIV to reconnoitre. Found right of GUARDS DIV front line but were heavily fired upon by enemy MGs & rifles upon attempting to approach MOYENVILLE. Bde IO went back to Brigadier to ask for further instructions as it was obviously impossible to take the two Battalions over the ridge in daylight with enemy holding positions not 1000x away.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 26th Mar 1918 Line Unbroken

  • 26th Mar 1918 In Action

  • 26th Mar 1918 At Rest

  • 26th March 1918 Enemy Activity

  • 26th Mar 1918 Fighting Withdrawal

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Reginald George Armstrong. North Irish Horse E Squadron Read their Story.
  • Pte. Richard Armstrong. North Staffordshire Regiment 4th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Reginald Percy Barrell. King's Royal Rifle Corps 21st Btn. att. 41st Machine Gun Corps. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Richard Henry Border. Middlesex Regiment 19th Btn.
  • Pte. Patrick Bowes. Royal Irish Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William George Bowes. Durham Light Infantry 22nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Charles Brown. Lancashire Fusiliers 18th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Henry Clemson. Lancashire Fusiliers 20th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Marshall Elliott. Border Regiment 5th Battalion, B Company
  • Cpl. William Fairburn. East Lancashire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Hayes. Highland Light Infantry 18th Btn Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Harry Leese. Royal Garrison Artillery 297 Siege Bty. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Parker. Black Watch 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Ray. Middlesex Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John William Ray. Durham Light Infantry 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James Henry Richardson. Durham Light Infantry 22nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Frederick Rossington. North Staffordshire Regiment Army Ordnance Corps. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John James Waister. Manchester Regiment 2nd/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Albert Williamson. Royal West Kent Regiment 11th Btn.

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