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



27th June 1916

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers prepare for attack   16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers moves up to Knight’s Redoubt, near Bouzincourt, to wait in bivouacs, in readiness for the great attack.

  • Wire Cutting   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery at Aix Noulette report 18 pounder Batteries and Y047 Trench Mortar Battery were wire cutting all day. At 2345 Divisional Artillery opened a bombardment along the whole of the Divisional Front. Under cover of this, gas was let off at 0120. Artillery fire became intense and at 0125 our infantry raided German lines. At present time ----- --- ----. The enemy retaliated very little with 5.9s and heavy minenwerfer (mortars) on our front line. Also a few shells on roads going up to Aix Noulette. All was quiet by 0230. The gas was discharged from the Angres Sector. The artillery barrage was excellent and very heavy.

  • 22nd Northumberlands go forwards   22nd Northumberland Fusiliers marched from Albert, forward to the Usna Tara line.

  • 27th June 1916 Brigade moves by stages to new Billets

  • 27th Jun 1916 Enemy Tactics

  • 27th Jun 1916 On the Move

  • 27th Jun 1916 Enemy Aircraft

  • Bombardment Continues   X Day dawned with thick mist and heavy rain, making artillery observation impossible, the bombardment was continued. Infantry trench raids bring in mixed reports, with bombardment damage and wire destruction being very varied, and the enemy trenches manned in greater numbers.

  •    Report on German Raid 27.6.16

    Reported by Capt. W.D. Lowe Adjt. 18 DLI. 1.8.16

    Approximate disposition of Co’s. A Co. S 5/2 – S 5/4, B Co. S 5/5 – S 5/6, C Co. M 35/1 – M 35/2, D Co. On support lines. 18 WEST YORKS on right flank, 2/5th GLOUCESTERS on left.

    Bombardment began 9.30pm. Communication between HQ & forward line broke down at one. All reports came through D Co. The bombardment appeared chiefly to be on the front of B Co. & the support line in rear of B. Field Guns & Mortars chiefly used on front line & 5.9 on support line.

    2225. Enemy was reported in front line at M.35/1 – 2 which was being raided. They were ejected in 5 minutes.

    2245. 18 WEST YORKS reported enemy in his line Hun St – Oxford St,that he was counter attacking at 11.15pm, I undertook to cooperate with my right Co.2300. Battalion Bomb store was on fire at ---- Hall, this was put out, re-fired & again extinguished.

    28 Jun 0130. Report from B Co. stating Germans had entered his left but were immediately ejected & that C Co. trenches had also been entered. He thought no prisoners had been taken. A dugout between B & C Co’s was ---- & prevented B Co. after charging its trenches from coming to assistance of C Co. All communication trenches badly blown in & that right & left flanks of support line are badly damaged.

    0400. C Co. reported bays blown in & number of men buried, that the enemy came over fifty strong but owing to action of Lewis Guns only about 6 entered & were quickly ejected, number of wounded cannot be estimated, they were considerable.

    A Co. heavily shelled, parapet seriously damaged, on barrage lifting parapet was manned & Lewis Gun fire opened, enemy did not enter trenches.

    Action taken. C Co. was reinforced by 1 platoon from Support Co. leaving 3 platoons in support lines.

    A prisoner, apparently on telephone work was captured by D Co. in front of Church Redoubt.

    Very few casualties in Support Line Redoubt, right & right centre of front line, heavy on left centre, & very heavy on left of front line.

  • 27th Jun 1916 Artillery Bombardment

  • 27th Jun 1916 Preparations for Attack

  • 27th Jun 1916 Wet Day

  • 27th Jun 1916 On the March

  • 27th Jun 1916 Reliefs

  • 27th Jun 1916 Patrols





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