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



29th December 1915

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusilers relived by 10th Essex   16th Northumberlands were relived in sector e2 by the 10th Essex and marched to Albert then on to Millencourt where they spent the night.

    records of the 16th (service) battalion northumberland fusiliers captain ch cooke mc, newcastle upon tyne 1923


  • A Busy Day   6th County of London Brigade RFA report from Annequin:- At 0845 the 17th London Battery fired five Shrapnel and four H.E. on tracks and roads in Staines. At 0835 and 0858 the 19th London Battery fired six H.E. on enemy trench mortar. From 0900 to 0915 the 15th London Battery fired twenty five Shrapnel and thirteen H.E. on A.28.c.9.5 as an enemy trench mortar was firing on our first line in defence, the enemy ceased firing. At 0945 the 16th London Battery fired fifteen Shrapnel and seven H.E. on A.28.c.9.5. At 1050 the 17th London Battery fired ten rounds H.E. on Staines billets and at 1055 they fired ten rounds on suspected Observation Point at A.30.b.3.5. From 1125 to 1150 the 15th London Battery fired thirty one H.E. on G.4.b.9.7 as enemy were shelling D.2. -- line. From 1130 to 1327 the 19th London Battery fired six Shrapnel and thirteen H.E. at G.4.b.9.7. At 1305 the 16th London Battery fired twelve shrapnel and nine H.E. on Cross trench at request of Infantry. At 1325 the 17th London Battery fired six rounds on Cross trench as requested by Infantry in reply to enemy shelling of railway with High Velocity Guns. From 1330 to 1335 the 15th London Battery fired six H.E. on G.4.b.2.9 as enemy were shelling quarry in G.4.a, the enemy ceased firing. From 1329 to 2200 the 19th London Battery fired twenty four Shrapnel and thirty five H.E. on G.4.b.9.7. From 1500 to 1530 the 17th London Battery fired thirty two H.E. on Bills Bluff. From 1500 to 1530 the 15th London Battery fired thirty two H.E. on Bills Bluff as ordered. At 1600 the 16th fired twelve Shrapnel and twelve H.E. on Cross trench and again at 2120, 0316 and 0610. At 1910 the 17th London Battery fired twelve Shrapnel and twelve H.E. on Cross trench at request of Infantry. From 2025 to 0616 the 19th London Battery fired twenty five Shrapnel and seventy one H.E on new trench position at G.4.b.3.8 running North East.

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  • 29th December 1915 9th Lancers move Billets

  • 3rd Monmouths suffer tragic losses   At 2.30 p.m. on Dec 29th, the 3rd Monmouthshire battalion paraded in the grounds of Elverdinghe Chateau prior to moving out. As the men fell in, “an ominous sound was heard, like an oncoming railway train” and 17-inch shells began to burst among the ranks. In a few seconds 39 men were killed and 30 wounded. Among the dead were many of the men who had survived the slaughter of Ypres The dead were all buried in the adjoining cemetery of Ferme Olivier . It was a ghastly send off from the Salient, which they were not to see again as a Battalion.

  • 29th Dec 1915 An Impromptu Christmas Morning

  • 29th Dec 1915 No Shots Fired

  • 29th Dec 1915 Eating Meals in Decency

  • 29th Dec 1915 Cargo Ship Sunk

  • 29th Dec 1915 Parade and Brigade March

  • 29th Dec 1915 Poker

  • 29th Dec 1915 Panto at Convalescent Camp

  • 29th Dec 1915 On the Move

  • 29th Dec 1915 A Little Homesick

  • 29th Dec 1915 Hun Quiet

  • 29th Dec 1915 Enemy Mine Fired

  • 29th Dec 1915 In the Line





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. John Thomas Denford. Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Clarence Wixted. East Lancashire Regiment 11th Btn. Read their Story.

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