Welcome to The Bay Museum Website

The Bay Museum is a friendly museum situated on Canvey Island. Based in a degaussing station, it now offers a wealth of artefacts, books and displays focussing on Military history. Open from 10am till 4pm, the museum also organises trips to France and Belgium to experience the battlefields first hand. The museum is run by volunteers who always warmly welcome visitors and are never short of a war story!

H.E. WITTY 30 May 19126

H.E. WITTY

18th SIEGE BATTERY R.G.A.

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30th May 1916.  Tuesday.  Much rain – slept out last night & was simply washed out – cleared up in the afternoon.  Nothing doing.  Letters R. and Douglas.  ANS.

 

H.E. WITTY 29 May 1916

H.E. WITTY

18th SIEGE BATTERY R.G.A.

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29th May 1916.  Monday.  In battery putting up lines and putting up the poles with insulators in morning – on battery line at Billet in afternoon.  Fired 5 Rds 23s – Aeroplane Wireless gives out.  No MAIL – heavy shelling tonight.  POP shelled all last night.

 

18 Div Arty 29 May 2016

VISIBILITY TABLE BETWEEN DAWN AND SUNRISE

 

 

Hour                Time before Sunrise                Objects discerned

 

 

Hrs.   Mins.

1-30 a.m.                     2         15         Break of dawn.

2-20 a.m.                     1         25         Read watch.

2-30 a.m.                     1         15         See chalk trenches at 600 yards.

2-45 a.m.                     1          0         See earth trenches at 600 yards.

3-5 a.m.                       0         40         Distinguish trenches a mile off.

3-10 a.m.                     0         35         See aeroplane easily flying at 3000’

(Looks black cannot see colours.)

3.15 a.m.                     0         30         Distinguish men’s heads above trenches at 100 yards.

3-25 a.m.                     0         20        See foresight of rifle and men at 300 yards    sufficiently easy for accurate firing.

3-35 a.m.                     0         10         Perfect light to see any objects.

 

 

 

Sunrise at 3-45 a.m.

 

The morning was an average summer morning, clear sky with thin banks of clouds in the East.

 

29/5/16

 

18 Div Arty 29 May 1916

M.P. 6

18 Div Arty

 

I enclose plan showing routes of F.O.O lines as arranged.

 

Each red line represents a pair.

 

All lines except from battalion at A 7/3 to CARNOY exchange are under floor of trenches.

 

Will you please return this tracing when done with.

 

M.T. Porter Captain

O/C Sigs 18th Div

29/5/16

WAR DIARY OF 2/Lt. Alfred Benjamin STREET 29 May 1916

WAR DIARY OF 2/Lt. Alfred Benjamin STREET

48 SIEGE BATTERY RGA

 

29th May Monday.  Fine warm sunny day, clouded over in the evening and rained after 9.30 p.m.  Reported to the Staff Capt. In the morning.  Saw Gen. Perkins who told me have me as Ord: Off; temporarily if my Major agreed.  Member of a Court Martial at 10.0 a.m.  Saw the Major at lunch who agreed to my going to the General, reported to him at 2.0 p.m. and started work straight away.