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

29th April 1916

On this day:

  • British Forces surrender at Kut   After withstanding nearly five months under siege by Turkish and German forces at the town of Kut-al-Amara, on the Tigris River in the Basra province of Mesopotamia (Iraq), British forces under the command of Sir Charles Townshend surrender to Turkish forces. 13,000 men were taken prisoner by the Turks.

    The British had occupied the Mesopotamian province of Basra, including the town of Kut al-Amara, by late September 1915 and the had attempted to advance up the Rivers Tigris Euphrates to Baghdad, but had been rebuffed by Turkish troops at Ctesiphon (Selman Pak) in late November. Townshend's troop were forced to retreat to Kut, and on the 5th of December they were put under siege by Turkish and German forces. During the winter the British made four attempts to overcome Turkish forces, suffering 23,000 casualties. They were also plagued by illness, dwindling supplies and heavy winter rain.

  • Evening Activity   6th County of London Brigade RFA at Carency report a few trench mortars were fired on the support lines and communication trenches at about 1400. Otherwise all was quiet. At 1910 there was great activity on the left of the Division on our right, with heavy firing taking place.

    War Diaries

  • 29th Apr 1916 Countryside Shelled amid Fighting

  • 29th April 1916 inspections and training

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  • 29th Apr 1916 Accidental Death

  • 29th Apr 1916 2/5th Leics on the March

  • 29th Apr 1916 Surrender

  • 29th Apr 1916 Gas Attack

  • 29th Apr 1916 Quiet Day

  • 29th Apr 1916 Reliefs

  • 29th Apr 1916 In Billets

  • 29th of April 1916 Supporting a Raid

  • 29th of April 1916 A Lieutenant Returns

  • 29th April 1916 Battalion sports meeting

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Mjr. Percival Havelock Acheson. Army Service Corps Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Andrews. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Dunne. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. George Harry Painter. Border Regiment 2nd Btn., A Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Spillane. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Sweeney. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn.

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    Peter Wood  Salford
    Peter Wood Salford

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