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Alistair Hollington
Interests: Most things military, or to be more precise British military 20th century. Particularly interested in researching men and units from the First World War, such as "my" photo and units such as 10th Essex and 4th London.
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Having previously posted a picture of the war memorial in Rayleigh, Essex here is a picture of a memorial in Holy Trinity Church. Interestingly the church memorial has had names added, which brings it into line with the village war... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Historic battlefields.
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The 26 March 1917 saw a number of Territorial Force battalions of the Essex Regiment commited to their first major action of the First World War. Forming the Territorial Brigade of the 54th Division, the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Historic battlefields.
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The war memorial at Rivenhall, Essex has a number of Essex Regiment names on it, as would be expected. My visit was due to Captain JHV Willmott MC being one of them. My research in the 2 Battalion Essex Regiment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Historic battlefields.
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The research into the war experience of 2 Battalion Essex Regiment has been continuing, but now the field trips have started. This photo was taken in the area occupied by battalion headquarters during the action at Le Cateau on 26... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at Historic battlefields.
As members of the Kitchener's New Army, the 11th battalion Essex Regiment went into action on 25th September 1915 at the British Army's attack around the French village of Loos. The war diary makes interesting reading, challenging a number of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Historic battlefields.
Elsewhere on this blog I have looked at the "local" nature of the 10th Bn Essex Regiment. My interests have broadened over the last few years, leading me to start a study of the 2 Bn as well. This regular... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Historic battlefields.
After quite a hiatus I will shortly resume blogging, but whilst continuing with my Essex Regiment interests, this has now broadened. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Historic battlefields.
1.30am to 2.30am Our guns heavily bombarded the German trenches on our left. German Artillery replied but very few shells fell in this sub-sector, only three German batteries appeared to fire. Enemy employed searchlights on A1, A2 and Z2 during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
2.30am Train heard beyond HARDECOURT. All quiet during the day. Enemy fired about 15 How shells into Maricourt Valley (south of the village) searching for our Artillery. Our Artillery registered on the German front & second line in the afternoon.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
The day quiet. Considerable amount of aerial activity during the day. Work in trenches continued. 30y Barbed and French wire put up infront of A16/4. 10.15pm Enemy shelled our front trenches A16/3 A16/4 & A16/5 and fired some wizzbangs (about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Enemy's snipers very quiet during the day, but active at night, so also was his MGs. Work in trenches continued. Extra bomb store put in Little Wyre St. Wire. We put up 30 y and strengthened 30 y infront og... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Enemy's 4.2 Hows fired 8 rounds into the base of AP1, slight damage done to trench. One STOKES Gun belonging to 53/2 TM took up it's position at the junction og ORCHARD AVENUE and Trench A16/3. Enemy's MGs and Rifle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
8am to 9am. Enemy registered occasionally with Hows and a few bursts of "Wizz Bangs" all along our sub-sector. Enemy's MGs active from evening "Stand to" onwards throughout the night. Our patrols from Left Coy out from 8pm-10pm also from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Enemy intermittantly shelled Z2 during the morning, was answered by our artillery. Battalion moved into Z2 trenches during the afternoon, and relieved the 6th R Berkshires Regt who went into Maricourt Defences. Enemy again shelled Suzanne-Maricourt Road at about 7.30pm,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
A few enemy's shells fell on left of Z1 and right of Z2. Work on defences continued. All quiet nothing to report. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Enemy shelled Maricourt village one man killed one man wounded in Done's Reduit. Heavy bombardment away on our left (Carnoy) from 7pm to 9pm. 7.40pm Enemy shelled Suzanne-Maricourt road heavily and hit one of our transport wagons, the driver and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Work on defences continued. Intermittant shelling from both sides during the morning. Enemy's artillery active on Sector Z with wizz-bangs, 4.2" and 5.9" Hows about 200 rounds in all, our artillery replied with 18lbs and a few Hows. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Our aircraft active during the morning, a fight taking place at 10am. Our machine came down near Maurepas. Work on Defences continued. Sump boards out down in trench from Billon wood towards U works. Lieut R A Chell proceeded on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
The dispositions of the Battalion in MARICOURT DEFENCES has been changed considerably. The defences now consist of six strong points eventually to be capable of all round defence. a. BREWERY KEEP- garrison One Coy of Bn in Maricourt Defences, one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
All quiet during the morning on our front. 11.45am A large grey-green smoke cloud seen in Enemy's front line trench opposite A1 sub-sector. Our 18lbs opened fir on it with several salvos. OC Coys and Coy Sergt Majors of 6th... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Everything very quiet during the day: Slight artillery fire on this sub-sector. Enemy's snipes in this sub-sector have almost entirely stopped shooting, only two shots have been fired from opposite AP1 in the last 6 days. Work in trenches as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Disposition of Battalion in the sub-sector were altered this morning. Two coys now hold front line. Left Trenches A 16/4 to A15/3 Right Trenches A 16/1 to A 16/4 Counter Attack Coy in Support Trenches Reserve Coy in CHATEAU KEEP... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Enemy very quiet all the morning. Work in all trenches, advanced posts and arrow heads continued. 11.45am to 12.30pm Train seen, appeared to be travelling in direction of MONTAUBAN. 2.30pm Enemy again shelled AP1 with 19 rounds 4.2 " Hows.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Enemy very quiet all the morning. No Artillery fire from either side during the morning. Work in trenches throughout sub-sector continued. No sniping on the part of the enemy. 2pm Enemy fired 19 shells, 4.2 Hows into AP1 some damage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Historic battlefields.
Enemy unusally quiet all day. Enemy's MG active at evening Stand To. Work in improving trenches throughout sub-sector continued. Work on Arrow heads in Main Avenue and Maricourt Avenue. Both wired. Two wiring parties out at night 1. Infront of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Historic battlefields.