“Burra, Due Hai Tipperary”



A version of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” as written down by an unidentified soldier of the 1/6th Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment (Territorial Force) in late June 1915, when he heard Sikh soldiers singing it while bivouacked alongside them at Ouderdom. The letter from which this extract was taken was printed in The Burton Daily Mail on 1 July 1915:

“Burra, due hai Tipperary,
Bahoot Lumbah knouch wo
Burra, due hai Tipperary,
Sake pas Powchenay ko,
Ram, Ram, Piccadilly!
Salaam, Leicester Square!
Burra, Burra dur hai Tipperary
Lakin del hoe-aye lah gah.”

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2 January 1917 – Rufini


Out in German East Africa, the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces intends to hold the main enemy forces to the Mgeta front while he sends a flanking column to make a wide turning movement to the west. This column was to cross the Rufiji at Mkalinzo, where it is joined by the Ruaha, and then move south-west to join the Kilwa division coming from the direction of the Matumbi Mountains. These movements were designed to cut off the enemy forces on the Rufiji from those at Mahenge.

Rain on the Mgeta front delayed the opening of the operations from the 26th to the 31st of December 1916. A holding attack was delivered yesterday from the forward positions on the Dutumi front, while two columnsworked their way round the flanks.

The Tulo detachment (‘B’ Flight) of 26 Squadron RFC, which had been reinforced by two Henri Farmans from ‘A’ Flight at…

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27/10/1916 Dover Strait: Germany attacks in the Channel

The British continue to be concerned about the German U-boat menace. In order to stop the enemy submarines traversing the English Channel, the British have constructed the Dover Barrage, a network of nets and underwater minefields across the narrow sea near the port.

The Germans have a naval squadron based in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Its commander, Ludwig von Schroeder, decides to attack the Dover Barrage and any Allied ships he can find in the Channel. His squadron sailed out yesterday evening. The raid goes well. In the course of the night, Schroeder’s ships sink a number of the drifters that attend the barrage. The British response is ineffectual, with the German ships several times mistaken for British ones. One British destroyer is sunk when the German squadron take it by surprise. The Germans also sink a British troopship (thankfully not carrying any troops at the time) and damage some other vessels.

In the early hours of the morning Schroeder returns to port. One of his boats has suffered minor damage, but he has successfully shown the British that they cannot take control of the Channel for granted.

28 October 1915 – 1 Wing RFC Injure the King


The King inspects the troops

King George V paid a visit to the troops today, First he visited British First Army at Labuissiere, southwest of Charleroi. He then went on to Hesdigneul to inspect a parade of 1 Wing RFC.

As the King rides past, the men raise a sudden cheer. The King’s mare rears in fright, slips on the wet ground and falls backwards. The King is partially pinned under her. His pelvis is fractured in two places. He is rushed back to Aire in his limousine.

‘I suffered great agonies all the way’ wrote the King.

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21 September 1915 – ”Remittance Man”

21/9/1915 The last flight of Stanley Caws.


Lieutenant Stanley Winther Caws and his observer Lieutenant William Hodgson Sugden-Wilson of 10 Squadron were shot down whilst on a long distance strategic reconnaissance for the forthcoming offensive, in their BE2c (2004). They had attracted the attention of a succession of enemy planes and fought two of them off before running out of ammunition. Lieutenant Caws was killed. Lieutenant Sugden-Wilson was badly injured and taken prisoner.

Stanley Caws Stanley Caws

This is the third victory for rising star Max Immelmann. He writes of the encounter:

“Aiming carefully, I give him about another 200 rounds from close quarters, and then my gun is silent again. One glance shows me I have no more ammunition left. I turn away in annoyance, for now I am defenceless. At last I discover the enemy. He is about 1,000 metres below me. He is falling earthward like a dead leaf. He gives the impression of a crow…

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28 August 1915 – Boelcke saves

In the air German fighter pilot Oswald Boelcke kills; on land he saves lives.


Oswald Boelcke, one of the pilots going success with the new Fokker EI aircraft hit the news today.

The mess of his unit, FFA 62, faces a local canal frequented by both the airmen and locals for fishing and boating. This morning, Boelcke saw a boy (14-year-old Albert Deplace) suddenly fall into the canal. Boelcke immediately ran over and ‘not having much time for reflection, I took a header and dived in’.

He managed to bring the boy to the surface where they were rescued by Boelcke’s comrade Teubern in a rowing boat.. After giving the boy a ‘good spanking’, they released him into the custody of his grateful mother. All the local civilians who had gathered, gave the drenched Boelcke an ovation as he ‘stood there like a dripping poodle’ in full uniform. The parents want him to be awarded the Legion d’Honneur.

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March 1915

British and French offensives fail on the Western Front. Britain sinks the last German warship at large on the high seas. Austria-Hungary suffers more reverses in Galicia. The Allies start carving up the still undefeated Ottoman Empire but fail to smash through the Dardanelles. Italy drifts towards war.

2/3/1915 Germany and Britain exchange wounded prisoners

4/3/1915 The return of Sergei Sazonov

10/3/1915 Neuve Chapelle: Britain attacks

12/3/1915 Britain replies to Sazonov

13/3/1915 Neuve Chapelle: French calls a halt

14/3/1915 The very short naval battle of Más a Tierra

14/3/1915 France wants its share of the Turkish spoils

17/3/1915 [Western Front] Joffre halts the Champagne Offensive

18/3/1915 The Allies carve up Turkey

18/3/1915 [Gallipoli] The Allies attempt to force the Straits

18/3/1915 Dreadnought v. U-boat

19/3/1915 [Eastern Front] The Austro-Hungarians attempt a break-out from besieged Przemysl

22/3/1915 [Galicia] The Fall of Przemysl

23/3/1915 Singapore: mutineers executed

26/3/1915 [Eastern Front] Russia takes Lupkow Pass through the Carpathians

27/3/1915 Italy’s appetites incline it towards war

28/3/1915 Leon Thrasher’s last journey

See also:

1915 Who’s Who

February 1915

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