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Remembered Today:

Northumbrian Gunners New Year 1916



New Year 1916 would be the first, and only, time that the Northumbrian Gunners of 250 Brigade RFA (1st Northumbrian Brigade) would spend in the trenches. New Year 1917 would see them in billets resting, and New Year 1918 in Camp starting to demobilise and return home. 


At midnight on 31st December 1915 / 1st January 1916 the Northumbrian Territorials were situated in the vicinity of Kemmel and Wytschaete at Kruistraat seeing the new Year in with a firing display. 


The War History 1st Northumbrian Brigade RFA 1914-1918 records;

The Batteries saluted the New Year with three good salvoes of H.E. on the Bosh trenches. Almost every Battery in the Salient adopted the same method of sending their New Year's greetings to Brother Bosch, so that for the first minute or so of 1916 was distinctly noisy.




Edited by ianjonesncl


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