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4th December 1917On this day:
- 4th Dec 1917 At Rest
- 21st Londons under fire At 3 p.m. Orders received by 21st Londons from Brigade for C.O. to go to Battn Hqrs. He returns at 5.30 p.m. with orders for withdrawal from the Bourlon Salient.
6. p.m. Operation Orders issued to O/C Coys in Conference at Battn Hqrs.
4-10 p.m. Vicinity of Battn Hqrs intermittently and heavily bombarded with Gas shells & H.E. SAA.& tools removed by limber about 9 p.m.
War Diary 21 Londons
- Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Trenches south of Marcoing.
The Battalion is in the trenches south of Marcoing in support of 88th Brigade. They relieved the Essex and Hants Battalions in the front line at 0430.
- ARLEUX EN GOHELLE
Enemy very much quieter. At 8am he again commenced to shell OAK ALLEY, but we immediately got into touch with our artillery, who retaliated at once. Enemy stopped shelling very quickly. It was reported to us during the evening that an enemy working party had been digging at B.12.d.8.7. the previous evening. A patrol was sent out from our right company who again saw a party of about 20 men at work near point indicated. Our patrol immediately returned to our lines and fired 1 red & 1 white Very light, upon which two of our Vickers guns opened fire. These lights had been arranged as a signal between the MG Officer and ourselves. As these two MG’s were firing on their S.O.S. lines it is thought good effect would be obtained, especially as these guns had been tested only a day previous.
The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1
- 4th Dec 1917 In the Trenches
- 4th Dec 1917 Training & Baths
- 4th Dec 1917 Reliefs
- 4th of December 1917 Very Quiet
- 4th Dec 1917 Training
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Remembering those who died this day. 2nd.Lt. Stanley Henry Parry Boughey. VC. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st/4th Btn. Read their Story. 2nd.Lt. Stanley Henry Parry Boughey. VC. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st/4th Btn. Read their Story. Pte.. Bernard Corrigan. MM South Lancashire Regiment 1st/5th Btn. Read their Story. Spr. F. Gabriel. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy. Spr. Frederick Gabriel. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company Read their Story. Pte. Humphrey William Glover. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 7th Btn. Pte. John George Pattison. Durham Light Infantry 1/5th Btn. Read their Story. Sgt. Harry Wild. East Lancashire Regiment 5th Battalion Read their Story. 2nd LT Richard Hartland Woods. Army Cyclist Corps
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