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31st August 1916 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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



31st August 1916

On this day:


  • Exchange of Shells   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery kept up a continuous barrage all day and Hostile artillery was active, particularly with gas shells. Brigade Headquarters were shelled with gas shell from about 2200 until about 2300. No damage was done. Relatively quiet day. A236 and B236 Batteries were heavily shelled with Lachrymatory (tear gas) and poison shell.

    War Diaries


  • 31st August 1916 Training and Regimental Strength

  • 31st Aug 1916 Heavy Firing

  •    TRENCHES FESTUBERT SECTOR

    Fine & windless. Quiet day.

    17.00. Fair. Quiet night. Slight bombardment of GIVENCHY hostile trenches.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 31st Aug 1916 Musketry

  • 31st Aug 1916 Reliefs

  • 31st Aug 1916 Bravery Recognised

  • 31st Aug 1916 Reorganisation

  • 31st Aug 1916 Enemy Attack

  • 31st Aug 1916 Under Shellfire

  • 31st of August 1916 Gas Bombardment





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Cpl. Oswald Charles Ash. Northumberland Fusiliers 18th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Bertram Lonsdale Bedward. South Staffs Regiment 1st Btn.
  • Pte. Stephan Bonynge. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 10th Btn.
  • Pte. John William Henderson. Durham Light Infantry 19th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. William Murray. Middlesex Regiment 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Mowbray Mitcalfe Robertson. North Staffordshire Regiment 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Sandell. 13th. Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Marshall Western Moore Way. 16th Infantry Battalion Read their Story.

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