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



1st February 1917

On this day:


  •    By 1917 the factory at Gretna was employing 11,576 women and 5,966 men, and producing eight hundred tons of Cordite RDB every week, more than all the total production of all other munitions plants in Britain.

  • Enemy Artillery very Active   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report from Ypres. Enemy artillery very active indeed on Back areas and Batteries. A test SOS call was received by Group at 2111 and all Batteries had full response within two minutes. 2/Lt D S Culterall was transferred from C236 Battery to the 47th Divisional Ammunition Column with effect from 31st January 1917.

  • Railway Activity   16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.

    Work continued with the temporary labour battalion in the front line and support trenches throughout February with the rest of the Pioneers still fully occupied on the following Railway lines: Broadgauge Railway - work continued at Ouderdom. 60cm railway line - from point L1 to a point on the Wijverhock/Vierstraat line. 60cm railway line - from Busseboom to Ouderdom. 60cm railway line - Busseboom – Brandhoek – Kemmel branch lines included.

    Substantial replacements were received in manpower. In total they had an influx of 220 men from 1/5 and 2/15 London Regiments, the Bedfordshire Regiment and 20 from the Reserve Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

    Infantry training continued to be carried out, presumably on Sundays as a break from the heavy railway work.

    February 1917 casualties – none recorded.

  • Ongoing training   6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

    1st Feb. 1917 - In billets - 2 companies at Hanchy, HQ and 2 companies at Le Festel. Company training. Snow fell during the morning.



  • 1st February 1917 

  •    HEUZECOURT

    Continuation of training according to Divisional Programme. Frost continued.

  • 1st Feb 1917 Attack Made

  • 1st Feb 1917 Entertainment

  • Feb 1917 New CO

  • 1st Feb 1917 Bravery Recognised





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Gnr. R. H. Billings. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade, D Bty. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Boothby. Hampshire Regiment 4th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Duffy. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Nicholas McFarlane. Northumberland Fusiliers Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Thomas McKnight. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Charles James Munday. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, D Bty Read their Story.

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