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1st September 1917On this day:
- 1st Sep 1917 On the Move
- Sept 1917
- War Flight RNAS/RFC take over new seaplane base. The first aircraft of the War Flight arrived at RFC Seaton Carew II in County Durham from South Shields. The seaplane base was located on 7 acres of land on the northern bank of the mouth of the River Tees and was equiped with a one Seaplane shed and two Bessonneau hangers, a ramp was constructed to allow easy access to the water.
- Back to Ypres
16 RIR moving forward near Ribecourt
16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.
(Guidance note: next entry on 20th September 1917.)
Work commenced in September with two companies (2 and 4) on dugouts in the Infantry Barracks converting them to Billets.
The other two companies were on road construction with No.1 Company at Ammunition Dump, Moat Farm and No.3 Company at Vancouver Dump.
4th September No.4 Company – Building new trench railway (1 mile).
5th September 2 Companies moved to forward areas to build 3 strong points.
Work continued for 10 days with much shelling and enemy attacks,
11th Sep. Companies changed over with No.1 relieving No.2 and No.3 relieving No.4 Company.
Companies 2 and 4 went onto road construction.
All tasks finished on 16th September with orders to concentrate the Battalion at the camp southeast of Brandhoek. The move was carried out on the 17th September and orders were received warning of move on 20th September to Third Army and to re-join the 36th Ulster Division back in the Somme area where the Division now faced the formidable Hindenberg Line.
- 9th Btn. R.Ir.Fus. 1917-19 9th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (K2)
later (from 25th Sep.1917) 9th Bn (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Havrincourt Wood. K.31.c.0.0 Sheet 57C.
Working parties were supplied to the 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles for front line areas.
Battalion Background introduction.
During the call to arms in September 1914 the Ulster Volunteer Force in County Armagh under the command of Colonel Stewart W Blacker enlisted en-masse and became the 9th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers, their nickname being "Blackers Boys". They enrolled in Belfast and moved to Clandeboye Camp near Bangor, Co. Down for training as part of 108th Infantry Brigade in the newly forming 36th (Ulster) Division. They and the 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles moved to Newtownards to complete their training as Clandeboye was too small for the whole Brigade.They moved to Seaford with the Division and to France in early October 1915 and fought throughout with the Division.
The present War Diary Extract by Andrew Watson covers the period from 1st September 1917, just before the two dismounted squadrons of North Irish Horse were absorbed forming the newly titled unit on the 25th September 1917, until the end of its stay in the war zone.
- 200 Siege Bty move again 200th Siege Battery move from French Farm, Hooge at Verbrandenmolen in September.
- 1st September 1917 Italian campaign
- Cavalry Corps Horse Show 9th Queens Royal Lancers
1st Sep - HQ Bernieulles - Cavalry Corps Horse Show. Captain GM Phipps Hornby's charger won Heavyweight Charger Class and champion riding horse of Corps Class. Lt. Col HM Durand's charger was 2nd in lightweight charger class. C Squadron's GS Wagon was 2nd in GS Wagon Class. 3 ORs to Base Hospital. Strength: Officers 34, Other Ranks 579 and Horses 569
- Balloon Apron installed In September 1917 a Balloon Apron is installed around London and separate zones are established within which anti-aircraft guns and aircraft are to operate. Air fighting schools are also established in Britain.
- 1st Sep 1917 In Camp
- Pies 18th DLI are in the line in the L4 Mericourt Sector. Quiet day except for the usual shelling of the Railway Embankment and Vimy. Outbreak of diarrhoea in the Battalion, this was traced to the meat pies, many of which were bad. This was further traced to a bad McConachie and to the fact that the pies had no holes in the crusts -- ----. These pies are much appreciated and as the result of further experiments a very reliable and tasty brand has been devised. These pies are sent up to trenches in artillery fuse tins and have all the advantages of Bully Beef meal rations.
- 1st Sep 1917 Training
- 252 Squadron formed 252 Squadron RFC was formed from the War Flight based at RFC Seaton Carew II, consisting of 451 and 452 Flights.
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