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

3rd December 1917

On this day:

  • 3rd Dec 1917 On Stand by

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers withdraw   16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers are withdrawn to Irish Farm.

  • 21st Londons assist 8th Londons   1 a.m. on the 3rd December 21st London regiment supply Stretcher-bearers, SAA & tools to 8th London Battalion to help in evacuation of wounded & consolidation. 21st Londons C.O. issues orders for new dispositions to strengthen the left flank, at the request of O.C. 8th Battn.

    1.45 a.m. These orders cancelled on receipt of orders from 142 Inf Bde to take over more Front Line on the Right flank in relief of a Company of 22nd Battalion.

    Heavy enemy shelling, Gas & H.E. around Battn Hqrs in the evening. Rations obtained by limber during barrage fire.

    War Diary 21 Londons

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


    The Battalion left Metz at 2000 and moved up to the line to support the 88th Brigade south of Marcoing. They arrived in the support trenches at 0530 the 4th December.

    War Diaries

  • 3rd Dec 1917 Into Support


    Enemy artillery very active all day, again shelling OAK ALLEY, HART STREET, ARLEUX LOOP SOUTH and junction of ARLEUX LOOP S and SEVERN ALLEY. Considerable damage being done to OAK ALLEY, HART STREET and ARLEUX LOOPS. Battery position near ARLEUX LOOP SOUTH also received considerable attention. At night a few gas shells fell on OAK ALLEY. Our artillery fairly active retaliating to enemy’s shelling. One man was wounded by shell fire.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 3rd Dec 1917 Orders

  • 3rd Dec 1917 Reliefs

  • 3rd of December 1917 Brigade Moves

  • 3rd Dec 1917 On the Move

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Bmdr. Herbert Bateman. Royal Horse Artillery Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Bateman. South Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Bradshaw. Machine Gun Corps Read their Story.
  • Gnr. W. Buttle. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James Thomas Harbridge. MM. Machine Gun Corps 183rd Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Stanley Jones. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4th Bn
  • Pte. John William Ogden. Warwickshire Regiment 2nd/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. Edward William Payne. Monmouthshire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Riddell. Durham Light Infantry 14th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Gnr. John Stoker Sanderson. Royal field Artillery 92nd Brigade, "C" Battery Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Mason Seddon. Northumberland fusilliers 1st/6th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Clark Stephenson. Durham Light Infantry 14th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Welsh. Rifle Brigade 11th Battalion
  • Pte. Bernard Robert Westprey. Gloucestershire Regiment 2nd/4th battalion

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