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

3rd August 1917

On this day:

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers on the move   The 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers move from Ribaillet camp to St George’s sector, many casualties are caused by frequent and intense bombardments.

  • Movement Orders   245 Machine Gun Company


    Saw the GOC 150th Brigade with DMGO, who arranged for 3 guns to relieve S5, 6 and 7 on the 3rd inst. Two teams from No.3 section and 1 team from No.1 section with Lt. AJ Barnes and 2/Lt Parsons respectively, relieved these positions at 2300.

    Received Operations Order No.116 from Divisional HQ regarding transfer of 50th Division from VII Corps to VI Corps and consequent extension of the Divisional front to the right necessitating relieving of part of the line held by 21st Division in the night by 50th Division. This was the reason for the sudden order from DMGO to send 3 guns to relieve S5, 6 and 7.

    Order received from DMGO to send up 2 guns in the night of 4th inst. to relieve positions S8 and S9.

    Copy of Operations Order No.116. GSO1 50th Division. Copy No.21

    • 1. 50th Division transferred from VII Corps to VI Corps at noon 7th August 1917.
    • 2. Boundary between 50th Division and 21st Division (on right) altered.
    • 3. 150th Infantry Brigade extend to Otto Alley and 151st Infantry Brigade extend to Pug Lane.
    Appx No 5. Letter on relief DMGO 50th Division.

    245 MG Coy. to take over new positions S2, S3 and S4 on night 6/7th August 1917.

    S.O directly responsible to GOC 151 Inf. Brigade (Right Sector) 5th August 1917.

    War Diaries

  • 3rd August 1917 Ongoing training

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Route March

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Heavy Shelling

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Interview

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Church Parade

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Training

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Continuous Rain

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Relief

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Preparations

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Reinforcements

  • 3rd of August 1917 Marching in the wet

  • 3rd Aug 1917 Reliefs

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. Edwun F. Booth. Connaught Rangers 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Frank John Bussey. Royal Field Artillery 177th Brigade Read their Story.
  • Pte. Horace Augustus Girling. Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Arthur Ivor Griffiths. Suffolk Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Andrew Harcus. Royal Garrison Artillery 95th Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Thomas Harcus. Royal Garrison Artillery 95th Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. John James Wilder Lassetter. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 11th Bn. att. 6th Bn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Thomas Lowery. DCM Durham Light Infantry 15th Btn.
  • Pte. James Archibald McPhee. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby) Regiment 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Btn.
  • Sgt. Thomas Stoker Smith. Royal Garrison Artillery 51st Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Reginald Valentine. Middlesex Regiment 13th Btn. Read their Story.

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