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

1st May 1917

On this day:

  • Recreation   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report from Winnezeeze and Oudezeeze. The Brigade subsections competition for general turnout was won by B236 Battery with A236 Battery in second place.

    War Diaries

  • Preparing for Attack   

    Work Party - Battle of Messines preparation.

    16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers report Work which had started in April continued into May with additional areas being allocated together with more work on trench railways.

    Battalion strength reports. 1st May 39 Officers. 866 Other ranks. 31st May 43 Officers. 956 Other ranks.

    The Terrors by SN White

  • 1st May 1917 Relief and relocation

  • Actions during 1917   2nd Bavarian Division part of 1st Bavarian Corps and German 6th Army

    Divisional Actions during 1917

    1917. Californie Plateau.

    The 2nd Bavarian Division was withdrawn from the St. Mihiel sector between the 2nd and 5th of May 1917 and entrained at Mars-la-Tour on the 6th, whence it was transported via Conflans to Montcornet, where, during the night of the 8th, it gained the sector situated to the east of Hurtebise.

    From the 9th onward the 2nd Bavarian Division engaged some of its elements on the salient northeast of Californie Plateau (May 9th and 10th).

    The division occupied this sector up to the end of May and participated in serious engagements notably those of the 13th and 22nd of May to the northwest of the plateau. It was put to a very severe test. (The 9th Company of the 20th Battalion was reduced to 45 men.)


    The 2nd Bavarian Division was relieved at the beginning of June and sent to rest for 15 days at Camp Sissonne. Later it was transported to the Argonne, where it occupied the Grande Courte-Chausse sector. During this rest it received two reinforcements of 700 to 800 men on the 28th June and 300 men in July.

    At the end of August it changed sectors and went into the line toward Bois d'Avocourt (Bois de Cheppy).


    The division was withdrawn from this sector at the end of October and remained in repose in the vicinity of Stenay up to the middle of November, whence it was directed to the sector west of the Bois-le-Chaume. The 12th Bavarian Regiment, which had been sent in reserve to the southeast of Altkirch about the 10th of November to ward off an expected French attack in Alsace, rejoined the division on the 6th December.

    The 2nd Bavarian Division remained in this sector (southeast of Beaumont) up to January 1918 and then went to rest in the district of Longwy.

    Allied Intelligence 1917 Value Estimate.

    The 2nd Bavarian Division participated on the 9th and 10th of May 1917 in violent but unsuccessful counterattacks on the salient northeast of the Californie Plateau. It appears that the Bavarians were always placed in the most dangerous positions and that they were sacrificed by the Prussians. In spite of this condition the 2nd Bavarian Division still showed itself as a good division (July, 1917).

    Historical Records

  • 1st May 1917 Inspections

  • 1st May 1917 Gloriously Fine


    The Battalion moved back from trenches just west of BAILLEUL to position shown in margin arriving about 5.30pm. At night whole Battalion engaged on carrying stores to forward dumps.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 1st May 1917 Route March

  • 1st May 1917 Casualties

  • May 1917 

  • 1st May 1917 In Action

  • 1st May 1917 Reliefs

  • 1st May 1917 Training

  • 1st May 1917 Operations

  • 1st of May 1917 A Decoy Concentration

  • 1st of May 1917 More Working Parties

  • 3rd May 1917 Pushing Back

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Lt/Col. Singleton Bonner. DSO South Staffordshire Regiment 1st Battalion
  • Pte. John Foyster. Norfolk Regiment 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Albert Roy Harbeck. 39th Btn. A Coy, 4th platoon. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harold Victor Rowbotham. Lincolnshire Regiment 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Scott. York & Lancaster Regiment
  • L/Corporal Cecil Stewart. 12th Rifle Brigade Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Cecil " " Stewart. The Rifle Brigade 12th Btn. Read their Story.

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