Time Line of Events 1914 -1918


June 28th

Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated

June 28th

Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia

July 29th  

Britain warns Germany it cannot remain neutral

August 4th

Germany declares war on France

August 4th

Britain declares war on Germany

August 23rd

Battle of Mons – First major action of the BEF

Sept 6th   

Battle of Marne begins

Oct 19th

Battle of Ypres begins


4 Brimington Soldiers Killed in Action in Belgium


Brimington Soldier Killed in Action in Belgium


First Christmas truce in the trenches 



Feb 15th

Dardanelles Campaign begins as troops leave for Turkey

April 22nd

2nd Battle of Ypres - Germans use poison gas for 1st time 


British Liner RMS Lusitania is sunk by German u-boat

May 14th

Brimington Soldier  Killed in Action in Greece

June 30th

German troops use flamethrowers for 1st time against British at Hooge, Ypres

July 4th

Brimington soldier killed  Killed in action in Turkey


5 Brimington soldiers died  between 8th & 28th of the month .   4 Killed in Action  - 1 DOW

Sept 25th   

Battle of Loos begins   Private Tom Inns taken prisoner

Sept 26th 

3 Brimington Solders killed in action at Loos

Oct 1st 

Initial Battle of Arras Begins


2 Brimington Soldiers die  1- killed in action  1 -Died of wounds & Private Horace Stott is gravely wounded and shipped home

Nov 3rd   

3 Brimington Soldiers killed in action

Dec 18th 

Evacuation of Gallipoli begins


Brimington Soldier killed in action near Ypres

Dec 20th 

Evacuation on 83,000 troops from Gallipoli complete without
 the loss of a single soldier or sailor


Jan 8th

Evacuation of Hellas marks end of Gallipoli tragedy


3 Brimington soldiers died – 1 Killed in action  -2 die of wounds

Jan 24th

British Government introduces conscription – Military Service Act

Feb 21st

Battle of Verdun begins

Mar 3rd

Brimington soldier killed in action at Ypres

May 3rd

Battle of Jutland begins Brimington soldier killed in the battle

Jun 8th

Voluntary enlistment in Britain is replaced by compulsion

July 1st

Battle of the Somme begins

July 14th 

Battle of Bazentin Ridge marks the end of the First Somme Offensive

July 14th 

Battle of Pozieres  opens the second Somme Offensive


10 Brimington soldiers died -  nine Killed in action - one dies of wounds


2 Brimington soldiers Killed in Action  

Sept 9th

British capture the strategically important village of  Ginchy 

Sept 15th

Tanks used for first time at the battle for Flers –Courcelette

Sept 26th

British take Thiepval village – Tanks play a crucial part in the battle


3 Brimington soldiers die   1 Killed in Action-  1 Dies of wounds- 1 succumbed to  disease


Brimington solder  dies of wounds


David Lloyd George elected British Prime Minister



Brimington soldier killed in action near Ypres

Feb 21st

The Germans withdrawal begins back to the Hindenburg Line

Mar 15th

Russian Tsar Nicholas II abdicates

Mar 27th

Private Insley taken prisoner by the Germans

Apr 6th

The United States declares war on Germany

Apr 9th

Battle of Arras - British successfully deploy the 'creeping barrage'                                                       9 Brimington soldiers killed in the battle in varies parts of the line

May 3rd

Brimington Soldier – Private Tom Inns dies in Germany POW camp

June 7th

Battle of Messines begins

Brimington soldier killed in action on this day

June 25th

First US troops arrive in France

July 31st

Battle of Passchendaele ( 3rd Battle of Ypres) begins


4 Brimington soldiers died   3 Killed in Action   1 Dies of wounds

Aug 15th

Battle of Hill 70 – Lens begins


3 Brimington soldiers died -  2 Killed in Action – 1 Dies of wounds


4 Brimington soldiers died – 4 Killed in Action 1 Dies of wounds 


3rd Ypres Offensive begins – British troops take village of Poelcapelle                                               Brimington soldier killed in the battle.   Sergeant Fred Greaves wins his Victory Cross

Oct 31st

Battle for Beersheba, Palestine

Nov 2nd

Brimington soldier Killed in Action in Palestine

Nov 10th

Battle of Passchendaele ends. After the allies take the high ground , 500,000 men are casualties, of which around 140,000 have been killed.                                                                                                11 Brimington Soldiers lost in the battle    8 Killed in Action  - 3 DOW



2 Brimington soldiers die . 1 from illness  - 1 died of his wounds

Jan 8th

U.S. President Wilson issues his Fourteen Point Plan to peace


2 Brimington soldiers die of their wounds

Mar 21st

Germany launches the Spring Offensive - the 'Kaiserschlacht' attacking a front 50 miles long.    7 Brimington Soldiers die during the offensive 6 Killed in action – 1 dies of wounds

Mar 27th

Private George Insley taken prisoner

Apr 7th

Battle of Lys begins


4 Brimington Soldiers die        3 Killed in  Action       1  Dies of wounds

May 27th

Germans launch  3rd Spring Offensive along the Aisne River.


3 Brimington soldiers die       2 Killed in action      1 dies from Gas poisoning

June 15th

Brimington soldier dies of wounds in France

July 15th

2nd Battle of the Marne begins – final phase of the German Spring Offensive


2 Brimington soldiers die     1 Killed in Action   1 Dies of wounds

Aug 2nd

2nd Battle of Amiens begins  -    thousands of Germans surrender

Aug 28th

Brimington soldier killed in action in France

Sept 27th

British Offensive along the Cambrai front leads to the storming of the Hindenburg Line


5 Brimington soldiers died      4 Killed in Action    1 Died of wounds

Oct 4th

Germany and Austria send peace proposals to American President Wilson


3 Brimington soldiers died     1 Killed on Action,  1 Died of his wounds , 1 died a POW

Nov 8th

Armistice negotiations being at Compiegne

Nov 9th

Kaiser Wilhelm II  abdicates and flees to Holland

Nov 11th

The armistice is signed at 5.00am and comes into effect at 11.00am


Fighting ends on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 


6 Brimington died.      4 Died of Wounds,  1 died of illness ,  1 Killed in action


Nov 11th  -The Armistice is signed at 5.00am at Compiegne and comes into effect at  11.00am.
Fighting ends on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Peace however was not officially declared until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919 - exactly five years to the day  since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand



Over a month after the signing of the Armistice BRIMINGTON LOSES TWO MORE SOLDIERS -WHO FINALLY SUCCOMB TO THEIR WOUNDS -   one is buried in France the other in Brimington cemetery. And even as late as 1921   Private Fred Nadin (brother of Edgar) finally died of his wounds and he too is laid to rest in Brimington Cemetery. Fred’s name does not appear on the Memorial Gates 

Not Forgotten Brimington    Not Forgotten Brimington   

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 Our Brimington Wreath
laid at the Memorial Gates on Remembrance Sunday
 14th Nov 2021

   Remembrance Sunday 2021

THE SOMME - 1916

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