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

4th September 1917

On this day:

  • 4th Sep 1917 Standing by

  • Daily Activity   9th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (K2) later (from 25th Sep.1917) 9th Bn (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers.


    Working parties as usual.

    War Diaries

  • Gotha Night raids   Encouraged by the lack of night defences, a raid on London was carried out the following night. Of the eleven aircraft which set out, nine reached England and only five got as far as London. Although 18 defensive sorties were flown, none made contact. Although unsuccessful, these flights are significant in that the aircraft used included Camels, proving that it was practical to fly that type at night. One Gotha failed to return, probably downed by anti-aircraft fire from Fort Borstal near Rochester.

    John Doran

  • 7th Staffords in action   This day saw the 7th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment participating in the Battle of Broodseinde, reaching Poelcappelle. 42 men of the regiment are killed.

  • 4th September 1917 Training and inspections

  • 4th Sep 1917 Training


    About 4.5pm one of our own NIEUPORTS brought down an enemy plane just behind TEDDIE GERRARD the plane crashed and burst into flame on impact. Pilot and observer were buried on the spot, CSM CURREY wounded whilst burying them. 3rd CANADIAN Div commenced to take over. 2nd & 4th CMR relieved 15th & 16th WYR in support and reserve respectively. This relief was complete by 10.30pm and relieved units were able to get clear before gas bombardment began.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 4th Sep 1917 On the Move

  • 4th Sep 1917 Air Raids

  • 4th Sep 1917 In Reserve

  • 4th Sep 1917 Training

  • 4th Sep 1917 Training

  • 4th Sep 1917 Shelling

  • 4th Sep 1917 In Reserve

  • 4th of September 1917 Cookhouse Duty

  • 4th Sep 1917 Working Parties

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Nathan Simon Baker. West Yorkshire Regiment 2/7th Leeds Rifles Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Charles Crowder. Lancashire Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Aneurin Ingman. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 15th Btn Read their Story.
  • Private Edward Ray. Worcestershire Regiment 3th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frank Roberts. Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd/8th Battalion. C Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Sidney Southgate. Royal Fusiliers 24th (2nd Sportsman's) Btn. Read their Story.

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