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



28th April 1916

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers take over front line trenches   The 16th Northumberland Fusiliers takes over front line trenches from the Inniskillings

  • Allies explode small Mine   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Carency report 2nd Lt Corsan and 2nd Lt Tombs posted to the 6th London Ammunition Column. Intermittent shelling of Ablain and Souchez Valley today by 5.9s & 4.2s. At 0420 we exploded a small mine just in front of our front line opposite Gobinaux trench. This is called the Broadridge crater.

  • 125 Heavy Bty proceed to France   125th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery leave England for France.

  • Praise for 7th Inniskillings.   "Special orders" By Lieutenant Colonel H N Young – Commanding 7th Service Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

    The following telegram was sent to all companies on the 28th April 1916: "The Army Commander, General Sir Charles Monro has telephoned to congratulate the 49th Infantry Brigade on their gallant conduct on the morning of the 27th April 1916" The Divisional Commander, Major General Hickie also telephoned to say how proud he is of their behaviour.

    The above messages apply chiefly to the two battalions of the brigade in the firing line. The brunt of this attack appears to have fallen on the 7th Inniskillings.

    The CO received the following personal letter from Major General W B Hickie CB Commanding the 16th Irish Division on the 28th April 1916: "I am directed by Sir Charles Monro, Commanding the 1st Army, to convey to you and to the officers, NCO’s and men of the battalion under your command his appreciation of the conduct of the battalion on the occasion of the German attack on the 27th April 1916. To these congratulations I would also like to add my own thanks"

    "The CO desires on his own behalf to express to all ranks his high appreciation of their conduct and bearing on the 27th & 28th April 1916when they displayed a high standard of courage and endurance and showed themselves worthy upholders of the traditions of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers"

    (Signed) A C Taggart, Captain and Adjutant, 7th Service Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

  • 28th April 1916 Further training and inspections

  • 28th Apr 1916 Enemy drops Message

  • 28th Apr 1916 2/5th Leics Disembark

  • 28th Apr 1916 Attack on Lowestoft

  • 28th Apr 1916 Ship Sunk

  • 28th Apr 1916 Irish Sea Sailings Suspended

  • 28th Apr 1916 On the Move

  • 28th Apr 1916 Theft

  •    COLINCAMPS.

    0850. 18th DLI proceeded from COLINCAMPS and entered hutments BERTRANCOURT.

  • 28th Apr 1916 Working Parties

  • 28th Apr 1916 In Billets





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Fireman Alfred Banks. HMS Aegusa Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Behan. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Blake. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Thomas Leech. Hampshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte James Raeburn. Durham Light Infantry 2nd Btn Read their Story.

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