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Friday 1st October.
Sleep almost impossible partly owing to the bitter cold and mostly due to a fierce artillery bombardment of the Huns trenches by our batteries some of which was close beside my house. This is most bitter cold weather with a strong east wind. I have made a splendid dressing station out of this room, thanks to a fire I am able to keep comfortably warm.
Thompson, MO to the Sussex 36th brigade was killed this morning by a shell at his dressing station and Bell of my ol
Interesting video from The Great War channel on YouTube.
Outlines the development of pre war artillery for France, Germany and Britain in relation to their doctrine.
France - Canon de 75 modele
Germany - 7.7cm Feldkanone 96 / 10.5 cm Feldhaubitze / 42cm Krupp "Big Berthas"
Britain - QF 18 pounder gun / BL 60 pounder gun / QF 4.5 inch howitzer / 9.2 inch heavy siege howitzer
Saturday 25th September.
Walked up to trenches at 2:45am. It was drizzling slightly but very warm. This is "the day" the Dertag of the Huns. And even as they prepared for their day so have we, and, today the Allies are going to make a combined effort. Glorious news has come in all day (9:45pm) by wires from Brigade H.Q.
I understand the plan was for the main push to be made by the French somewhere south in particular and by the English 2nd Army. No advance was ordered on the Armentiere
Saturday 18th September.
This was a lucky day for the Regiment. At 4:30pm the Huns opposite Barkesham farm started on us with trench mortars and rifle grenades. They threw about 50 mortars and we threw during the bombardment about 28. I watched this from my dressing station, I could see the dust and debris rise in our lines at each explosion. I expected many casualties but as a matter of fact the regiment didn't lose a man or have a single casualty.
The only ones who suffered we
Tuesday 24th August.
Felt quite well again. Only one trivial casualty today, a graze of a finger by bullet. The lad said he was 19 but I laughed and he confessed to being 17, and looked 16. Nice boy and so proud of his wound, which thank god was a mere scratch.
Monday 30th August.
I was awakened at 2:00am this morning by the steady beat of men marching past, and as they marched they sang in harmony this simple and plaintive air. It sounded very solemn and somehow pathetic i
Film of an 18 pounder battery conducting an engagement. Interesting camouflaged position along a tree line. Well prepared gun pits and ammunition delivered in ammunition pannier jackets, one way to disguise ammunition supply so tracks are not left by the limbers.
An observation officer of Royal Field Artillery orders to open fire on Germans during World War I in France.
An observation officer of Royal Field Artillery orders on phone to open fire on Germans during
I have finally finished restoring my great grandfather's memoirs about the Great War, after first reading them in July 2019. At the time I didn't really know anything about researching the Great War. That was until I stumbled across this forum.
Richard James Dufty joined the North Somerset Yeomanry in May 1915. He arrived in France in October 1915. He then spent the next 3 years taking part in one of the most deadly conflicts in human history; being in places such as Ypres, the Hohen
In December 1918 the Class Z system was introduced by the army. This system, which released huge numbers of men very quickly, created a reserve of soldiers who would be recalled quickly to the army if the armistice was to break down.
Many of the men who were discharged to the Class Z reserve had claims to pensions for disability - presumably an assessment was made that this disability would not prevent the man being useful to the army again in future.
The Class Z system
From March/April 1918 the earlier numbering format used by Chelsea was replaced and a new system was introduced for those men who were being discharged from the army.
Pension references in this situation were based on the regiment or corps that the man was being discharged from.
(This a is work in progress)
Although the Ministry of Pensions (MoP) took over the functions of issuing pensions the work of Chelsea continued under the auspices of the MoP in respect of payment of pensions to disabled soldiers and those awarded a pension alongside a medal entitlement. Research in to the numbering ranges used by Chelsea demonstrate how these numbering sequences were used (and demonstrates how many cases were being processed).
The 'D' range
The issuing of Chelsea Pensions in 'D'
Sunday 22nd August.
Went to bed in afternoon but received message to go to Lys Farm at the extreme right of our trenches, so got up feeling rotten. Found man doubled with colic, had to stretcher him back along trenches full of traverses. It necessitated lifting stretcher and I carried stretcher for a time. Retired early to bed with aspirin and high temperature and good sweat, woke at 1:00am feeling quite well. Wonderful thing aspirin! Slept well and no casualties.
These are the categories that I have on my computer in bookmarks. I will update this page on a regular basis, particularly during the early phase of the "sorting into categories".
These are ONLY for the British cases here on the GWF. They do not include any of the cases on the CEFSG (here).
I was initially posting this information for the benefit of GWF PALS that wanted to investigate the case further and possibly take it to the reporting stage. I was not familiar enough
Saturday 7th August.
The prospects of continuing to live amicably with Jack are not very bright. The novelty of renewing our acquaintance after a break of eight years has gradually worn off and we must rely on intellect and an interchange of sympathies to keep us together. I fear we have very little in common now. I have never touched on topics of religion with him, nor have I opened up theosophical subjects.
Yesterday however, some question of the deeper truth was allowed to and he sh
Monday 26th July.
Logan turned up from St Omer. They seemed anxious for him to join a committee or board which is going into the question of "gas"In the event of him leaving I hope to be able to take his place as MO to the 6th Royal West Kent Regiment. So I returned home about lunch time to find our CO Colonel Dunn was gone!! Great consternation! I think everyone is considerably relieved to be rid of this dear old hen, always fussing and never satisfied with anyone. Major Turner has taken h
An account from The North Eastern Railway In the First World War (Rob Langham / ISBN-978-1-78155-081-6) outlines the presence of a rail gun at Hartley on the Northumberland Coast , 10 km (8 miles) north of Tynemouth.
The gun was deployed on the Collywell Bay Branch line which was in the process of completion as war broke out in August 1914, and the project was halted.
Thursday 15th July.
The officer died at 9:45am, some of his brother officers were just in time to see him before he lost consciousness. Today is the French presidents birthday and the people celebrated by having a holiday, the Huns by throwing nearly 200 shells into town. Comparatively little damage was done but people are very scared and moving out in great numbers.
Saturday 17th July.
The Germans successfully shelled the church a Neuve Eglise until it took fire and burnt
Saturday 3rd July.
Made a journey in car to Gunners Farm for wounded, shell burst on our right otherwise things are quiet. Had some games of tennis in afternoon with jack. Still very out of practice especially on forehand strokes, serve not so bad considering. Chaps look amusing playing in khaki and funnier still playing in kilts!
Tues 6th July.
All officers including Colonel Dunn turned out for riding lesson. I had Sergeant Major Down. We all careered around the field. The
Tuesday 15th June.
We brought back some bread rolls to our rooms on Monday. Reveille at 5:00 am today. I made tea and with rolls we had breakfast in bed instead of at the mess.
I am billeting officer, started away in front of the field ambulance in a motor ambulance with my billeting party consisting of interpreter, Sergeant Butcher and six men.
I had no name of a place as to help me for a destination, I simply had a point given me on a map being about eight miles away.
Monday 7th June.
*Ralph Montgomery Vaughan. M.C. 1890-1976. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
In 1912 he began his flight training at the Bristol school, Salisbury Plain. He subsequently joined No3 squadron Netheravon, from there to No5 squadron on its formation. Appointed to R.F.C reserve and in December seconded to the R.F.C as flying officer.
On the 15th August 1914 on flight to France Vaughan made a forced landing near Boulogne and was arrested by the French and kept for almost
Tuesday 1st June.
Perfect weather and cloudless sky, the brilliant green of the fields and hedges is almost bewildering in the sunshine. We had a free day and the men are well occupied with washing their clothes and bodies after the long journey from England.
Jack is mess president and so far he has managed to spread excellent meals on the table in the old chateau. They have also very fine wine in the chateau 1.25 franc blanc and 1.50 franc for rouge per bottle. In the afternoon Jack B
Von den neun Friedhöfen, die ursprünglich in diesem Gebiet existierten, ist nur noch dieser erhalten. Viele Gefallene wurden 1957 vom Volksbund umgebettet. Hier ruhen 1.288 gefallene Deutsche und 288 gefallene Franzosen sowie 28 Österreicher, 29 Italiener und 17 Russen des Ersten Weltkrieges.
Monday 31st May.
De-trained St Omer at 4:00 pm, marched field ambulance for five miles to Cormette through beautiful cultivated fields. Cormette, a little hamlet nestling among trees with one large farmhouse, the chateau which was occupied by the C.O. Large rooms riddled in rat holes and nearly all the furniture removed in case of Germans. Lovely garden. roses, vines and lilac.
We are now in sound of the guns, which are continually rumbling in the distance perhaps 15 - 20 miles away. I
"Only with honour"...The W.W.1 diaries of Reginald Hannay Fothergill Medical officer R.A.M.C (mentioned in despatches) May 1915 - August 1916.
Being the receiver of a white feather Reggie felt obliged to do his duty and volunteer to serve his country entering the war in late May 1915.
At the beginning of his journey you feel his excitement of adventure even at 35 years of age. then the disillusionment with the leadership and the futility of it all becomes clear.
He writes w