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27th August 1914 - 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 August 1914

On this day:


  • 26th Aug 1914 First Australian Casualty WW1

  • 27th Aug 1914 Left in the Lurch

  • 2nd West Surreys set sail for England   HMT Kenilworth Castle left Table Bay at 7 A.M. with the 2nd West Surreys bound for England. The Fleet was formed of HMS Astraea, HMS Hyacinth, HMT Kenilworth Castle, HMT Balmoral Castle, HMT Guildford Castle, HMT Dunluce Castle, HMT Goerka and HMT Briton.

  • Early Skirmishes   E Battery 3rd Brigade Brigade Royal Horse Artillery are in continuing action from 27th August 1914 with 3rd Cavalry Brigade. The unit came into action and fired some rounds during general retirement.

  • Further retreat   2nd Battalion - Royal Irish Regiment

    Thursday, August 27th, 1914 - 0200 Beaurevoir

    Retired on Vermand passing through a deserted bivouac where we were able to collect a few tins of biscuits and some cooking pots. Battalion was organized in two companies.

    12:00 noon Small artillery engagements commence but do not interfere with retirement

    1845 Battalion halts in a field on the south side of Vermand.

    2300 Retirement is continued

  • 27th August 1914 Retreat from Action

  • 27th Aug 1914 Flank Guard

  • 27th Aug 1914 Rear Guard

  • 27th Aug 1914 In Camp

  • 27th Aug 1914 Prisoners Taken

  • 27th Aug 1914 On the March

  • 27th Aug 1914 Imperial Service





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Sgt. Frederick Betts. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John Boland. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Brogan. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Burns. Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Btn, B Coy Read their Story.
  • Lt. William Chisholm. East Lancashire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.

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