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

4th February 1917

On this day:

  • Heavy Shelling continues at Beaumont Hamel   Further heavy bombardment forces Peach post to be temporarily evacuated by the 16th Btn Northumberland Fusilers, during night B coy relieves C.

  • Bombardment   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery engaged in Bombardment of a small area of enemy's trenches East of the Snout from 1500 until 1600 by Corps Heavy Artillery and 4.5 Howitzers Batteries included D236 Battery which fired one hundred and eighty rounds. The Medium Trench Mortar Battery(Y47) with thirty six rounds and A236 Battery shelled enemy Observation Points during the bombardment. Much damage was done and the enemy retaliated with light guns only. Relief by X47 Trench Mortar Battery of Y47 Battery in the line took place. 2/Lt E A de B West (D236 Battery) evacuated sick.

    War Diaries

  • SS Dauntless lost   On 4th of February 1917, SS Dauntless, on a voyage from Newcastle to Bayonne, with a cargo of coal, was sunk by the German submarine UB-39 (Heinrich KŁstner), 10 miles off Pointe de la Coubre, Gironde. 15 persons were killed.

  • 4th February 1917 Routine


    Church parade. Sports meeting with 18th WYR at LE MEILLARD 3 Officers & 300 ORís went to CANDAS on a working party. 11 ORís to GEZAINCOURT.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


    Church parade. Sports meeting with 18th WYR at LE MEILLARD 3 Officers & 300 ORís went to CANDAS on a working party. 11 ORís to GEZAINCOURT.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 4th Feb 1917 Parcels Arrive

  • 4th Feb 1917 Recce

  • 4th Feb 1917 Reliefs

  • 4th Feb 1917 On the March

  • 4th of February 1917 Office Destroyed

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