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27th August 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 August 1916

On this day:

  • More Shelling   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report: Moderately quiet day. B236 Battery took over from A236 Battery in accordance with the programme of reliefs instituted by the GOCRA 47th Division. At about 1150 a heavy hostile bombardment was put on Villa Wood and the North West corner of Mametz Wood. At about 1415 the gun positions of B236, A236 Batteries and the 235th Brigade positions were violently shelled with heavy Howitzers. Three men of B236 Battery were buried but were got out again and found to be suffering from slight shell shock. The Brigade fired continuously throughout the day in barrages. Major W Cooper A236 Battery RFA proceeded to the Field Ambulance sick.

    War Diaries

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

  • 27th August 1916 Church services

  • 27th Aug 1916 Repairing Roads


    .05.05. German deserter gave himself up coming into B Co. lines at No 1 Island. Day showery but clear.

    16.30. German artillery fire H.E. shrapnel over FESTUBERT Rd SOUTH of BARNTON from 4.30pm 5.30pm. 2nd BEDFORDS relieved 2nd YORKS. during night.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 27th Aug 1916 Practice Attack

  • 27th Aug 1916 Church Parade

  • 27th Aug 1916 In Bivouacs

  • 27th Aug 1916 Reliefs

  • 27th of August 1916 Wagon Lines Moved

  • 27th Aug 1916 New Arrival

  • 27th Sep 1916 Reliefs Completed

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Albert Alfred Barnett. Royal Berkshire Regiment 1/4th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Clark. 155th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte Charles Frederick Tayles. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 8th Btn
  • Second Lieutenant Stanley Victor Watton. South Lancashire Regiment 3rd/7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Young. VC. East Lancashire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.

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