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WW1 Log Book  (ongoing)

D. L. Hemmingway

thank you to David Blair (no relation) who sent the photograph below and tells me that after the war Douglas Hemmingway became a doctor and was GP in the village of Richhill, Co Armagh where he lived
out his life.


Inside front cover

The under-mentioned Lts. to be actg. Capts.: —

D. L. Hemmingway, whilst 2nd in Comd.

of a Siege Batt. from 16th Aug. 1918 to

19th June 1919.

The under-mentioned to be Second Lieutenants

(on probation). Dated 17th December,

1915: —

Royal Field Artillery.

Douglas Lennox Hemmingway.

Inside back cover

.....doodles of cats and a dog and Winston Churchill, anyone know who the other 3 doodles are of ?
(I think it may of the guy in the above picture, seated second row, behind the 'B' off to the right,
there are two men with 3 stripes upper arm sitting beside each other,
the one on the left looks like it could be the artists model or maybe a self portrait ?)

one of the loose notes

it says : -  225 - SB                      
To Adjutant 89 Bde Rga.
Reference R 2570/1 dated 8/9/18
Reconnaissance has been made of W 21 d and vicinity.
There is a (two words scored out) fairly good position at W 21 d 60.70 but approaches are difficult.
Roads in W 21 d and b are only fit for motor transport in dry weather.
Road running South from HENDECOURT past BRICK YARD and w 26 b 60 90 is good.
There is a possible position, but with not much flash cover at W 27 a 2. 9. about 100 yards east of main road.

D. L. Hemmingway
Capt. RGA 225 - S.B. Rgt.
(see above for more)

(again with the help of 'The Great War Forum', we think this is Douglas Lennox Hemmingway)

 

War Diary

3.pm. 24.4.18  to  3pm. 25.4.18

  3.00 p.m.      Enemy's lines completely obscured by dense mist.
  4.55 p.m.      Few rounds 4.2 How. on M'Court S.B. of Bty. 95 g
  5.45 p.m.      6 rounds 4.2 gas on V28a S.B. 95 g
  6.00 p.m.      Slight T.M. activity from 98 - 100 g
  7.05 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V 28 with gas and H.E. 3 reb.? amt.? S.B. 87 g 6 rounds
  8.00 p.m.      12 77 mm gun on Millencourt S.B. 95
  8.10 p.m.      12 4.2 gun on Hennancourt near Chateau S.B. 100
  8.25 p.m.      30 77 mm gun on Millencourt & vicinity S.B. 95
  8.55 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on Millencourt  S.B. 90
  9.40 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on Millencourt S.B. 90
  9.45 p.m.      20 4.2 gun in V 24 S.B. 90
10.00 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on V 28 direction not recorded
10.20 p.m.      10 4.2 gun on Hennancourt S.B. 90
11.45 p.m.      20 4.2 gun on Millencourt
  4.30 a.m.      6 4.2 gun on Hennancourt S.B. 90
  5.10 a.m.     Bursts of 30 rds 77 mm gun on Millencourt
  5.30 a.m.
  5.35 a.m.
  6.10 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling Hennancourt S.B. 90
  6.45 a.m.      {scribbled out}..............visibility very bad
10.15 a.m.      {scribbled out}..............shelling observed
10.?? a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennancourt about four rounds fired
12.45 p.m.      4.2 shelling V28c about 12 rds H. E. S.B. 92 g
  2.00 p.m.      Hostile Battery shelling back are as. towards V 26 Slow rate 1 rd per 2 mts.? Mul...ted

25.4.18 to 3 p.m. 26.4.18
  3.40 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennancourt four rounds fired S.B. un.............
  5.10 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennancourt about six rounds S.B. 88 
  5.30 - 6.30 p.m.
                       Hostile artillery quiet, visibility poor
  7.00 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Hennencourt 1 rnd per mt. S.B. 95 g 4 rds.
  7.15 p.m.      6 additional rounds on same target from same direction
  7.20 p.m.      Fairly heavy A. activity on extreme left. General direction 60 g
can't read        H A ceased
  7.25 p.m.      77 mm gun S.B. 90 fired about 8 rds. on our forward positions on 80 grid
  7.35 p.m. to 7.40
                       H. Bs. active on Grids 73 and 93 S.B. Targets unknown.
  8.15 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling our front line on Grid 75 S.B. of Bty. 89 grid. about 6 rounds
  8.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V 28c S.B. 95 g 2 rds. a mnt. 8 rds.
  8.40 p.m.      Further 4 rds. from same direction
  9.30 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Henencourt 1 rd. amt. S.B. 88 g 4 rds.
12.50 a.m.      5 Rds. 4.2 on V27b from Grid 95 (S.B.)
  1.20 a.m.      H. B. active on 86 g - apparently shelling back areas. about 6 rds.
  1.30 a.m.      About 8 rds. 4.2 H. E? probably on front line. Grid 108. S.B. of Bty. 95 g. 2 rds. per mnt.
  1.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling back area - V26? Slow rate. 1 rd. per. 2 mts. S.B. 95 g. 3 rds.
  2.35 a.m.      Ditto   1 rd. per. mt. 10 rds.
  2.50 a.m.        "        3 rds.
  4.10 a.m.        "        3 rds.
  5.25 a.m.      H.B. 4.2 How. S.B. 95 g. shelling our forward area. about Grid 85. Rate rapid 3 or 4 rds. a mnt.
  5.50 a.m.      About 12 rds. 4.2 How. on V27b. Report inaudible. Unlocated.
  6.00 a.m.      No visibility. Dense mist.
  6.10 a.m.      4.2 How. firing 3 gun salows(?) and single round on V26b. at about interval S.B. 98 g. about 30 rds. Wire to B. C. P. cut.
  7.30 a.m.      Communication re-established.
  8.00 a.m.      4.2 How. S.B. 98 g shelling V26b. 2 rds. per. mt.
  9.00 a.m.      H. Artillery given visibility very bad owing to mist.
10.35 a.m.      Several rounds on V26 from H. Battery. S.B. 95 - 98 rapid rate. 77 mm guns. Ceased 10.38
10.50 a.m.      H. Batt. 77 mm guns. S.B. 95 slow rate on V26
12.20 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling M'Court. S.B. 90 g. 3 rds. minute
12.30 p.m.      4.1 gun shelling V26. S.B. 95 g. 2 rds. minute
  2.30 p.m.      4.1 gun shelling V26. S.B. 95 g. in salvos 2 minute
                       Ceased 2.35 p.m.

               {cannot make out signature}   24 ?? 8B     26.4.18

3 p.m. April 26th to 7.30 p.m. April 26th
  3.00 p.m.      - visibility poor
  4.50 p.m.      - 4.1 Battery S.B. 95 g. shelling V26 6 rds min.  ceased 4.55 p.m.
  5.00 p.m.      Artillery activity on distant left about 60 65 g. S.B.  ceased 5.6 p.m.
  5.15 p.m.      Slight T. M. activity at 75 g. S.B.
  4.25 p.m.      77 mm Battery firing on our trenches S.B. 84 g. rapid & at intervals.
  5.40 p.m.      4.2 gun Battery S.B. 93 g. shelling V26 rapid rate
  5.50 p.m.      4.2 How. Batt. S.B. 80 g. shelling trenches {?}21 rapid rate
  6.50 p.m.      4.2 gun Battery S.B. 93 g. shelling V26. rapid rate
                       Line to Battery disconnected at 6.50 p.m.
  7.05 p.m.     Artillery activity 60 - 65 g. S.B. distant left
  7.33 p.m.      Hostile Artillery active 70 - 85 g. S.B. on front line.
  7.38 p.m.      Hostile Artillery ceased      "               "             "
  7.45 p.m.      Communication re-established with Battery
  7.50 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V28. S.B. 95 g. 3 rounds.

               {another illegible signature}  68 (maybe) S.B.

  8.30 p.m.      OP taken over from 68 Siege by 178 Siege Bty.
  8.30 p.m.      Artillery active N. of Aveley (?) 60 - 70 grid.
  8.45 p.m.      1 rd. fired into V28a
9.0 - 9.15 p.m.
                       Continued activity on left, possibly T. M. barrage
10.00 p.m.      Slight shelling activity by 6 How. Situation chamal (?) on left.
10.05 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled V22. 2 rds.
10.20 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled V28b several rds. S.B. 80g.
10.40 to 10.45 p.m.
                      77 mm shelling trenches. S.B. 93 and shelled 124 d approx.

11.35 p.m. April 26th to 7 a.m. April 27th

11.35 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled V28 S.B. 95 4 rds.
11.50 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling back areas. G.B. 84
April 27th
 
1.00 a.m.      T M activity at 95 G. S.B.
  1.40 a.m.      77 mm firing on trenches. S.B. 93 round Solo OP
  2.05 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V28. S.B. 93  12 rds. 2 rds. per. 2 mins.
  2.30 a.m.      77 mm gun firing on trenches. S.B. 93 6 rds on Solo.
  4.15 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V28. S.B. 95g. 6 rds.
  4.50 a.m.      4.3 How. shelling V28. S.B. 95g. 4 rds.
  5.00 a.m.      77 mm Battery shelling trenches at S.B. 93, in Solo ana?
  5.30 a.m.      4.2 gun shelling back area. 1 rd. per. min. S.B. 95
  6.30 a.m.      Handed over to 68 S.B. Situation - quiet, visibility - fair only - 4.2 How. S.B. V28 S.B. 90g.

                   {signature looks like}   ?  Linden    178 S.B.   27.4.18

6.30 a.m. 27.4.18  to  3 p.m. 27.4.18

  6.55 a.m.      Sharp burst of about 20 rds. rapid on Senlis S.B. 93g.
  7.40 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Infantry positions about grid 90. with gas from 95g. S.B. 2 rds. a mnt. About 10 rds.
7.45 to 8.45
                      H. A. quiet. Visibility bad.
  8.50 a.m.      Occasional rounds of 4.2 Shrapnel on our lines. (87g) from 90g. S.B.
  9.00 a.m.     4.2 How. firing bursts of 4 rds. H. E. on our line. (G. 82) S.B. 90g.
  9.20 a.m.      H. Batt. 4.2 shelling V27. 6 rds. S.B. 92g.
10.10 a.m.      H. Batt. 4.2 shelling V22 c&d 7 rds. S.B. 95g.
10.15 a.m.      H. Batt. 4.2 shelling Bouzincourt, about ten rds. S.B. unlocated
10.20 to 10.35 a.m.
                      Shelling of Bouzincourt recommenced about 20 rds. S.B. unlocated
11.20 a.m.      S.B. of Bty. shelling Bouzincourt. 78g. shelling continuing at intervals.
11.40 a.m.      T. M. activity between 80 - 95 grid.
12.15 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V27 b&d. S.B. 92g. rapid rate
12.30 p.m.      T M artillery active against our lines. 80 - 90g. S.B. ceased 12.40 p.m.
  1.00 p.m.      T M activity resumed as above
  1.30 p.m.      Hostile artillery fairly quiet.

                S. H. Fuller  2/??   68  S.B.

3 p.m. to 3 p.m. 27th April - 28 April 1918

  3.20 p.m.      Shelling of V22 c&d. 4 rds. S.B. 95g.
  3.45 p.m.      Shelling of V22 c&d. 10 rds. S.B. 95g.
  5.00 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Bouzincourt S.B. 79g. 3 rds. per. min.
  5.10 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling V22c. 4 rds. S.B. 93g.
  5.35 p.m.      4.1 gun shelling V27 a&c. 9 rds. S.B. 93g.
  5.40 p.m.      4.2 gun shelling V28 a. 6 rds. S.B. 93g.
  7.45 p.m.      How. Batt. shelling V27. S.B. 88g. rapid rate} ceased 7.58 p.m.
  7.48 p.m.        "         "         "         "       "    92g.               } ceased 7.58 p.m.
  8.00 p.m.      Heavy T. M. & Artillery activity on extreme left, no visual observation possible, ceased 8.05 p.m.
  8.15 p.m.      T. M. & artillery activity received, ceased 8.25 p.m.
  8.30 p.m.      T. M. & artillery activity renewed between 55 - 115g. at various parts of line, ceased 9.40 p.m.
10.05 p.m.      T. M. & artillery activity recommenced S.B. 78 to 55 grid.
10.25 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling round V22 c. 10 rds. S.B. 92 grid
                       T. M. activity becoming intermittent, ceased 10.40 p.m.
10.45 p.m.      4.2 How. shelling Millencourt. 20 rds. Flash bearing 98 grid
11.00 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled Millencourt. 20 rds. Flash bearing 92 grid
11.15 p.m.      4.2 How. shelled Millencourt. 10 rds. 3 per. min. 98 grid F.B.
  1.05 a.m.      4.2 How. shelled Bouzincourt. 3 rds. minute. S.B. 78g.
  2.05 a.m.      Small calibre gas shells falling in out lines. extending. 80 - 90g. S.B. of H. Batts engaged. 88. 90. 93g.
  2.40 a.m.      Small calibre gas shells still falling in our lines but at reduced rate, ceased at 3 oc.
  4.00 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V27 & 26. S.B. 93g. 3 rds. minute. ceased 4.05 a.m.
  4.35 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling Mellancourt at intervals about 6 rds. 93g. Flash
  5.00 a.m.      H. Artillery quiet
  5.45 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29c. S.B. 92g. 12 rds.
  5.48 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V29. S.B. 92g. 3 rds. a minute.
  6.20 a.m.      H. Artillery quiet, visibility fair.
  7.30 a.m.      H. Artillery quiet, visibility failing.
  8.30 a.m.           "           "          "            Nil
10.10 a.m.      4.2 How. shelling V26 b or V21c. 2 rds a min. S.B. 95g.
10.15 a.m.      ceased firing
10.40 a.m.      4.2 How. again shelling V26. S.B. 94g. 2 rds. a mnt. 14 rds.****************

 

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