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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

1st April 1917

On this day:

  • Attack captures objectives   96th Brigade attack Savy Wood and capture their objectives, the 16th Northumberlands occupy the quarry for about one week, suffering fairly heavy casualties. 3 Officers wounded, 23 Other Ranks killed, 78 ORs wounded, and 5 ORs missing.

  • Wire Cutting   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Wire cutting in preparation for raiding operation started by this Group; A236 Battery fired one hundred and fifty rounds, B236 Battery one hundred and ten rounds, C236 Battery one hundred also twenty on the wire and D236 Battery fired one hundred and eighty rounds on area opposite Division on the left in collaboration with other Howitzers and Heavy Batteries. X47 Trench Mortar Battery fired in retaliation and moved guns south to cover more front. New Battery positions for offensive action started upon by Batteries of this Group with twelve positions to be completed.

    War Diaries

  • Messines Sector - Flanders   

    Working Party Battle of Messines Preparation

    16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.

    The Battle of Messines Final Preparations April-May 1917.

    The 36th Ulster Division was now facing the enemy at Messines Ridge, east of Kemmel and the 16th Pioneers were fully committed in support of them. As at the Somme this involved construction and repair of communication and assembly trenches (through which the men and equipment would move for the assault), Mortar emplacements to defend against enemy attacks and to support the assault, dugouts for headquarters and trench railways for bringing stores and ammunition forward and returning with waste materials and evacuation of casualties.

    Screening was also vital, as most of the area was overlooked by the Germans in their higher positions on the Ridge. Much of the work in April was carried out in bad conditions with snow and rain making the work doubly difficult due to drainage problems and the presence of glutinous mud everywhere. Good progress was made towards the end of April as the weather conditions improved.

    Battalion strength reports. 1st April 34 Officers. 868 Other ranks. 30th April 39 Officers. 866 Other ranks. April Casualties: Other ranks - 2 killed and 4 wounded.

    The Terrors by SN White

  • 1st April 1917 Chemin de Dames

  • 1st April 1917 Further Action

  • 1st April 1917 Church service and inspections

  • 1st April 1917 Routine

  • April 1917 Ship Torpedoed

  • April 1917 

  • 1st Apr 1917 Battery Commanders Meeting

  • 1st Apr 1917 Consolidation

  • 1st Apr 1917 On the Move

  •    BETHUNE

    1 - 11 April. Training. The Battalion was at 4 hours notice to move being attached to the 66th Div for defence purposes.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 1st Apr 1917 Preparations for Attack

  • 1st April 1917 Noyelles

  • 1st April 1917 Joke

  • 1st Apr 1917 Reliefs

  • 1st Apr 1917 Defensive Positions

  • 1st of April 1917 Mist and Snow

  • 1st of April 1917 At Wakefield Huts

  • 1st Apr 1917 Working Parties

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte John Gleave Cotterill. Lancashire Fusiliers 16th Btn. B Company
  • Pte. John Thomas Daniels. East Lancashire Reg 1st Bn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Davison. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. John W. Dixon. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Tom. Duffy. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick George Hunt. York and Lancaster Regiment 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. John Whitelock. Northumberland Fusiliers 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Btn Read their Story.
  • Cpl. John Whitelock. Northumberland Fusiliers 23rd Btn.
  • Pte. William Thomas Woodsell. Highland Light Infantry 17th Btn.

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  • Items from the Home Front Archive

    Photo of Rugeley camp 1917
    Photo of Rugeley camp 1917

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