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27th April 1916 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



27th April 1916

On this day:


  • Evening Bombardment   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Carency report the day was very quiet. At about 1830 to 1930 the enemy bombarded our lines with very heavy trench mortars. The concussion of the bombs shook the observation stations. Our Howitzers and field guns replied to this bombardment.

  • 7th Inniskillings under attack   In the early hours of the morning of 27th April 1916 enemy action began with bursts of rifle and machine gun fire, followed by a heavy artillery bombardment. About 04.45 hours gas was released, the wind carrying it in the direction of the 7th and 8th Inniskilling's front lines. The Germans left their trenches, suffering some casualties as they crossed the open ground, but they succeeded in penetrating the trench lines of B and C companies. Hand to hand fighting ensued, and the Germans retreated with a few prisoners. At 08.00 hours the Germans released more gas and advanced again, but their attack broke down under very heavy fire when Lieutenant H.B.O. Mitchell with his Lewis-gun team stopped their advance. By 11.00 hours the crisis had passed and the Inniskillings set about re-building their defences and counting their casualties. Of the 24 officers and 603 other ranks who came into the line, 10 officers and 253 other ranks were listed as casualties. 8 men were missing, 52 wounded, 137 gassed, and 66 dead, including Private John O’Neill. Private William Wilson of Cookstown died of his wounds on 28 April. Subsequent actions over the next few days brought the total to 71 dead of the 7th Inniskillings and 57 dead of the 8th Inniskillings.

  • 27th Apr 1916 Ships Sunk

  • 27th April 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 27th April 1916 Training and inspections

  • Irish men under attack   8th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers along with the 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers came under heavy artillery and chlorine gas attack at Hulluch (Loos)on the 27th to 29th of April 1916, suffering heavy casualties.

  • 27th Apr 1916 Reinforcements

  • 27th Apr 1916 Officer's Funeral

  • 27th Apr 1916 Submarine Captured

  • 27th Apr 1916 Vicious Fighting

  • 27th Apr 1916 Quieter Day

  • 27th Apr 1916 Inspection

  • Battery Embarks   79th Siege Battery RGA embarked from Avonmouth on 27th April 1916 and arrived in Boulogne the next day.

  • 27th Apr 1916 Artillery Active

  • 27th Apr 1916 Wounds





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Michael Bennett. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn.
  • Pte. Joseph Boyne. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Patrick Breen. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Dvr. Francis Bregan. Royal Field Artillery Read their Story.
  • Dvr. Francis Bregan. Royal Field Artillery Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Coleman. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Battalion
  • Pte. Patrick Farrell. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Battalion
  • Sergeant John Heywood. Lancashire Fusiliers Read their Story.

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