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1st March 1917On this day:
- 16th Northumberland Fusiliers return to Beaufort The 16th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers are relieved in the front line and return to Beaufort for a week of drill and training. A further draft of 135 men arrives.
- Batteries Shelled 236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report
Heavy shelling of A236 and B236 Batteries in the afternoon with direct hits on gunpits etc. but no casualties. Toll Gate and vicinity of Group HQ. were also shelled and one wounded in HQ.
Visual signalling operated this morning, while telephones closed down from 1000 to 1400. Batteries fired on SOS message at 2200 but no attack.
- Railway Activity 16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.
Work continues as in February with the temporary labour battalion fully stretched in the forward and support areas.
The Pioneers continuing Railway work took place on the following lines.
Broadgauge railway 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 including branch lines.
A total length of 16 miles was worked on, but details are not recorded as clearly as the earlier Candas to Acheux operations. However it seems fairly safe to assume that the works were completed around mid-March.
The 16th returned to its Parent Division on the 19th March and was now back up to strength having received substantial reinforcements in February 1917, with a further 64 men arriving in March. The March intake included 40 men from the Central Training School via 7 Infantry Base Depot at Harfleur.
Casualties in the period January to March had been fairly light.
Officers 1 wounded. Other ranks 1 wounded.
So the unit was fit and ready for its next great endeavour – the Battle of Messines.
The Terrors by SN White
- 1st March 1917 Ongoing actions
- Congratulatory Message 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
1st to 4th March 1917 - HQ, B,C and D Companies at Couin, A Company at Thievres. Engaged on Railway Construction work.
4th March - Orders received late at night that no more working parties for Railway work required. The OC CORCC sent a message of eulogy which was published in Battalion orders as follows: I wish to would convey to all ranks of your battalion my appreciation of their work while employed on the Railway. They always did their work in a cheerful spirit and the amount of work done speaks for itself as to their energy. The Brigadier 33rd Brigade wishes to express to all ranks his appreciation of the work done by this unit.
- 1st March 1917 Routine and inspections
- 1st Mar 1917 On the March
- 1st GERMAN LINE K11 a 12.4
The days were spent in trying to push up patrols into 1st GARDE STELLUNG without success. This was kept up all night much information was gained and many Germans seen.
The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1
- 1st Mar 1917 Range Practice
- 1st Mar 1917 On the Move
- 1st Mar 1917 On the March
- 1st Mar 1917 Working Parties
- 1st Mar 1917 In Reserve
- 1st Mar 1917 Training
- 1st of March 1917 Location and Action
- 1st of March 1917 At Rest
- 1st March 1917 Further Action
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