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



26th October 1914

On this day:


  • Major Dawnay takes command of 2nd Life Guards   2nd Life Guards are at Zillebeke. Major Dawnay took command of the regiment, Major Prince Alexander of Teck having been ordered to report to General Headquarters for special duty. A quiet morning in bivouac and billets, received orders at 1 pm then the Brigade was ready to move from Klein Zillebeke at 2 pm when are orders issued for a dismounted attack on Kortewilde, with 2nd Life Guards in reserve. The order was cancelled at 2.30 pm owing to 7th Division, just to the north of 7th Cav Brigade being rather pressed, the regiment was then ordered to [illegible] to occupy a back position in case the 6th Cav Bde was forced to retire by the falling back of 7th Div. At 5.30 pm after beginning to dig in the back position, the regiment was ordered to return to last night’s billets and to send one squadron to relieve a squadron of the Royal Horse Guards near Zandvoorde.

  • 26th Oct 1914 HMS Plassy sails

  • Ongoing Action   E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA

    Wytschette with 5th Cavalry Brigade. Same as before except supported counter attack on enemy's position. Lent two guns to D Battery which had only one left. One man killed. Back in billets at 1900 leaving section out. Fired about 200 rounds.

  • 26th October 1914 Regrouping and Training

  • 26th Oct 1914 1st East Lancs in trenches

  • 26th Oct 1914 1st North Staffs ready to Move

  • 26th Oct 1914 Under Fire

  • 26th Oct 1914 Under Heavy Bombardment

  • 26th Oct 1914 Grooming

  •    Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall October 26th 1914

    Present: - Lord Durham, Lord Southampton, A.F. Pease, Major Tristram, Capt. Lowe, Colonel Bowes, Colonel Burdon.

    The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Colonel Burdon reported that the transfer of the 23 men returned to Stockton had been satisfactorily effected; and they had now been removed from the strength of the County Battalion.

    It was noted that six huts had been completed and were occupied; three completed, but unoccupied; and the remainder - with one exception – under construction. The foundations for the Recreation Room had been laid.

    The Parade state today was 1004.

    • A Company 243
    • B Company 239
    • C Company 270
    • D Company 252
    Total 1004

    Major Tristram reported that the War Office Establishment of Officers had been as follows: -

    • 1 Lieut. Colonel
    • 3 Majors
    • 6 Captains
    • *6 Lieutenants
    • 12 Second Lieutenants
    • 1 Adjutant
    • 1 Quartermaster
    • *1 Lieutenant for details at base
    The question of the bath house, combining bath and drying house, was considered; and it was decided that an amended plan was decided upon should be made.

    It was decided to carry out the additional lighting of the huts with our own staff, as we had in the ranks men perfectly capable of doing it.

    The name of Mr Griffith Jones was added to the list of Officers with rank as Captain, second in Command of the Company. The names of other members of the Durham U.T.C. were considered; and it was decided to offer commissions to at least two of them, if they were found suitable.

    Rowland Burdon



  • 26th Oct 1914 Under Fire

  • 26th Oct 1914 In Action

  • 26th Oct 1914 On the March

  • 26th Oct 1914 Under Fire

  • 26th Oct 1914 Relief

  • 26th Oct 1914 In Action





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Charles William Bailey. Coldstream Guards 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • CSM. Thomas Henry Bowley. Border Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Edward Johnson. Royal Welch Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Christopher Edward Jones. Border Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Walter Mirfin. Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Btn.
  • Pte. Edwin Francis Payne. Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Bn
  • Pte. Frank Preston. Manchester Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. David Robinson. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Bernard Sullivan. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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