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

2nd December 1917

On this day:

  • 2nd Dec 1917 Jumping

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers attack   16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers launch attack

  • 21st Londons at Bourlon Wood   At 1 a.m. Relief of 15th Lon Regt by 21st Londons is complete. Dispositions. D& A Coys in Front line, opposite Bourlon. C Coy in immediate support. B Coy in reserve near Battn Hqrs at SW corner of Bourlon Wood.

    8.10 p.m. 7th & 8th Lon Regt attack to straighten out Front Line immediately W. of Bourlon Wood. Our L.G. cooperate on R. flank of the attack. Capt. A.L. Strickland sends one platoon from D Coy to assist in the consolidation of captured line. 8th Lon Regt wounded & prisoners wounded & unwounded, passed through Battalion Hqrs & R.A.P.

    War Diary 21 Londons

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.


    The Battalion left Rocquigny for Metz-le-Coutre, arrived at Metz 1430 and billeted for the night.

    War Diaries

  • 2nd Dec 1917 On the March


    Enemy artillery again very active against OAK ALLEY, HART STREET & ARLEUX LOOP N doing considerable damage to these trenches. At our request our artillery retaliated with good effect.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 2nd Dec 1917 Reliefs Completed

  • 2nd Dec 1917 Patrols

  • 2nd Dec 1917 Working Parties and Training

  • 2nd Dec 1917 Attack Made

  • 2nd Dec 1917 On the Move

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  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Herbert John Adams. London Regiment 1st/7th Btn.
  • Rfn. John Appleby. London Regiment 12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers) Read their Story.
  • Drvr. Charles Ayton. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade, B Bty. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. William Arthur Davies. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade, B  Bty. Read their Story.
  • Spr. J. Davis. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Rflmn. Frederick Robert Elliott. Rifle Brigade 2nd Btn.
  • Sgt. Frederick Alfred Esquilant. Rifle Brigade 12th Btn., C Coy. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John Bennett Holm. London Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Howe. Border Regiment 11th Battalion
  • Sgt. Robert Kenny. MM Lancashire Fusiliers 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas King. Machine Gun Corp
  • L/Cpl. Thomas Lake. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 2nd Read their Story.
  • Cpt. Harry George Ernest "Huge" Luchford. MC 20 SQD Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Alfred McKone. London Regiment 1st/8th Btn.
  • Cpl. Francis Joseph Nugent. London Regiment 7th (City of London) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Gdsm. William Albert Shiner. Grenadier Guards 4th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alfred Shorter. Royal Irish Rifles 16th Bn
  • Able Sea. Harry Sims. HMS Macedonia Read their Story.
  • Able Sea. Harry Sims. HMS Macedonia Read their Story.
  • Drvr. Robert Henry Stubbs. Army Service Corps Read their Story.
  • Sgt. William Sussex. Middlesex Regiment 17th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. T. Thomas. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, A  Bty Read their Story.

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