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

28th June 1916

On this day:

  • Bad Light   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery at Aix Noulette: Batteries engaged in wire cutting, but light very bad for observation during the morning. At about 2145 artillery was very active in Loos Sector. Capt Gayman C236 Battery reverts to the rank of Lieutenant.

    War Diaries

  • 22nd Northumberlands in the trenches   22nd Northumberland Fusiliers go into the forward trenches from Usna Tara line.

  • 28th June 1916 Brigade completes move to Querrieu

  • Letters Home   The raider did not get much rest for on the 27th and 28th the Battalions of 34th Division began to move forward. This in preparation for the opening of the attack. For the previous four days the British Artillery had been bombarding the German trenches. Every man in the Brigade was aware that the opening of the offensive was very close. Before setting off for the front line men wrote what could be their last letters home. However the date and time of attack was to be delayed by forty eight hours. Heavy summer rain had fallen on the 26th and 27th there was a great possibility of flooding. On the 28th June the decision was taken to postpone the attack. The Divisional and Brigade staff Officers had the job of halting and turning around those battalions on their way to the front line.


  • 28th Jun 1916 On the March

  • 28th Jun 1916 Acting as Interpreter

  • 28th Jun 1916 Enemy Aircraft

  • Bombardment Continues   Y Day. The thick mist and heavy rain continues as does the bombardment. The last of the allied gas shells are used. The infantry continue their preparations for the battle.

  • Detachment   D Coy. 18 DLI attached to 16th West Yorks for operations left Bus for the front line.

    The National Archives 18DLI War Diary WO95/2361/1

  • 28th Jun 1916 Artillery Bombardment

  • 28th Jun 1916 Preparations for Attack

  • 28th Jun 1916 Reliefs

  • 28th Jun 1916 In Billets

  • 28th Jun 1916 Shelling

  • 28th of June 1916 The Enemy Hits Back

  • 28th June 1916 Start of Somme Offensive

  • 28th June 1916 

  • 28th Jun 1916 Inspection

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Rfn. Thomas John Bell. Royal Irish Rifles C Coy. 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Charles Gray. East Surrey Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Herbert Hubbad. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/7th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Edgar Edward Lynn. East Surrey Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.

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