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

29th January 1918

On this day:

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    B.22.a Centre. 1700hrs.

    Battalion moves to line in relief of 14th Royal Irish Rifles (Young Citizens) in Right Battalion Sector. Boundaries: Right B.16.d.5.4, left B.9.c.8.1.

    • Dispositions:
    • A and C Companies in line. Boundary between Companies B.10.c.6.3;
    • B Company Counter attack in dugouts,
    • Headquarters, B.16.d.1.4;
    • D Company Passive defence in dugouts,
    • Headquarters, B.22.a Central.

    Relief carried out successfully, notwithstanding condition of trenches very bad, having fallen in partly owing to weather and partly to want of attention. Wiring plentiful. Distance between enemy and our front line averages 1,000 yards.

    War Diaries

  • Zeppelin Raids on Britain   On the 29th January, the first raid undertaken by Giants unaccompanied by Gothas took place. Four aircraft from Rfa 501 took off, one turning back before reaching England. Casualties and damage were light. 80 defence sorties were flown, and one Giant was attacked by no less than five aircraft, one attack succeeding in disabling one of its engines. British fighter pilots' efforts against the Giants were handicapped by poor intelligence work, although the existence of these aircraft was known, the information had not been passed on, and many pilots must have underestimated the range from which they were firing.

    John Doran


    Tactical scheme without troops for all Officers and NCO’s except CSM’s. Scabies inspection for the men after which they do a small tactical scheme by Coy’s under the direction of the Orderly Officer and CSM’s.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 29th Jan 1918 Relief

  • 29th Jan 1918 In the Line

  • 29th Jan 1918 Reliefs

  • 29th Jan 1918 Artillery Active

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  • 2nd Lt. W. J. Borthistle. Royal Munster Fusiliers Read their Story.
  • Pte. Ernest Daniel Tomkins. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/6th Btn. Read their Story.

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