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

28th February 1915

On this day:

  • 3rd Monmouths on the march   The 3rd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment left Steenvorde, and after marching a few miles to Caestre they were conveyed to Bailleul on a fleet of old London omnibuses; here they met up with the rest of the division. The battle zone was very close now, the flicker of flares was to be seen and the thunder of heavy guns was incessant. The smell of cordite and freshly turned, wet earth hung heavily in the cold air, so different from the peaceful Monmouthshire countryside they left some weeks ago. The residents of the town provided billets for the troops and this was a time of acclimatising them to their new environment. There were instruction courses for making and using bombs and grenades, and detailed advice for trench digging. All ranks were kept fit by field exercises and arduous route marches and always under the critical eye of the Higher Command of the Expeditionary Forces.

  • 1st Battalion Royal Scots Belgium & France 1914 - 1915.   1st Battalion Royal Scots in Ypres, Belgium.
    To date 1st Battalion Royal Scots had lost 47 men (that are known)

  • Unarmed collier sinks enemy submarine   On 28th February 1915 the unarmed collier SS Thordis is attacked by a German Submarine. Captain John Bell managed to ram the periscope, sinking the U-boat, the captain and his crew were given a reward of £860 for their actions.

  • 2nd Life Guards dig trenches   2nd Life Guards War Diary: Party of 125 digging trenches. No leave to be granted after this date.

    War Diary

  • New arrival from 1st Scottish Rifles   Lt. Davidson RAMC from medical charge of 1/Cameronians reported his arrival for duty, having been relieved by Lt. Robertson of this Field Ambulance.

    War Diary 19th Field Ambulance RAMC, Armentières

  • 1st Bn Herts moved into Corps Reserve at Bethune   The Brigade moved into Corps Reserve at Bethune, being relieved by the 5th Infantry Brigade.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

  • 28th Feb 1915 1st East Lancs shelled

  • 28th Feb 1915 2nd Queens in billets

  • 28th Feb 1915 Aircraft Captured

  • 28th Feb 1915 On the March

  • Feb 1915 Training

  • 28th Feb 1915 5th Lincs Proceed to France

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Thomas H. Maddock. Royal Scots 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Souter. Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frank Tanner. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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