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

29th April 1918

On this day:

  •    HMS Aberdare was launched on the 29th of April 1918, a twin-screw minesweeper of the Hunt class.

  • 29th April 1918 

  • Continuous bombardment of enemy positions   59th Heavy Artillery Brigade

    April 29th & 30th. Continuous harassing on enemy roads, tracks and strong-points was carried out during the latter part of this month by the forward sections of Batteries, which were in action day and night almost continuously.

    War Diaries

  • Terrific Bombardment   At 3am., the enemy opened a terrific bombardment on the front line and back areas. The bombardment on the front line was continued until 7am., when the enemy attacked in great force along the whole front of the 25th., 49th. and 21st. Divisions. Everywhere he was completely repulsed and enormous casualties inflicted on him. The bombardment of the back areas continued until almost 10am. and was of great intensity, many gas shells being used.

    Captain B. G. Buxton MC, 6th D of W West Riding Regt was wounded, but battalion casualties altogether were exceptionally light. The remainder of the day was comparatively quiet.

    Casualties on this day for 6th D of W West Riding Regt were: Captain B. G. Buxton (Wounded), 265413 Company Sergeant Major T. W. Limmer (Wounded), 527782 Corporal C. H. Brown R. A. M. C. (Killed in Action), 266239 Corporal C. Horner (Killed in Action), 268056 Corporal E. Joynes (Killed in Action), 267889 Lance Corporal J. Smith (Wounded), 268398 Private S. Archer (Killed in Action), 205267 Private R. H. Armitage (Wounded), 267484 Private N. Birkenshaw (Wounded), 267485 Private A. Brannan (Wounded), 201878 Private H. Briggs (Wounded(, 266160 Private C. Brown (Wounded), 266840 Private J. T. Butterworth (Killed in Action), 267460 Private A. E. Cartwright (Wounded), 13713 Private J. Dinsdale (Wounded), 267981 Private H. French (Wounded), 300129 Private L. Gallon (Killed in Action), 242719 Private S. Garland (Wounded), 267864 Private W. Haigh (Wounded), 26144 Private R. A. Hallett (Wounded), 267516 Private W. R. Hirst (Wounded), 29958 Private M. Hodgson (Wounded), 24039 Private E. W. Hollis (Wounded), 26570 Private H. Jackson (Killed in Action), 267779 Private A. Lancaster (Wounded), 29444 Private J. H. Lunt (Wounded), 201488 Private W. Mitchell (Wounded), 10851 Private W. Pickersgill (Wounded), 265145 Private F. A. Pickles (Wounded), 265528 Private G. Proctor (Killed in Action), 41197 Private R. Riddell (Killed in Action), 242206 Private H. Robinson (Wounded), 29807 Private J. W. Stringer (Wounded), 41143 Private J. Teaster (Wounded), 24356 Private A. Walters (Wounded), 265114 Private W. Watson (Wounded).


    A & B Coy’s 300 men working on defences in D.21.22. & 23. C & D Coy’s training. 6 reinforcements (Officers) arrived.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 29th Apr 1918 Patrols

  • 29th Apr 1918 Move

  • 29th of April 1918 Quiet Days

  • 29th Apr 1918 Training

  • 29th of April 1918 Under Fire Again

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Charles Ball. East Yorkshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Charles Henry Brown. Royal Army Medical Corps 71st Sanitary Division Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. George Cuddy. King's Liverpool Regiment 17th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert William Hinxman. North Staffordshire Regiment 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alfred Sidney "Sonny" Mercer. Royal Sussex Regiment 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Simpson. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 10th Battation became the 2nd

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