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



5th August 1917

On this day:


  • Operational Orders   245 Machine Gun Company

    Mercatel and trenches.

    Received orders from DMGO that S2,3 and S4 positions are to be taken over on the night of 6/7th August. Gave orders to 2/Lt. GE Barnes to take up remaining 3 guns of No.1 section on the night of 6th inst. (appendix No.5 letter DMGO 50th Division.)

    Copy of 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.

  • 64th Brigade RFA in action near Zillbekke   64th Army Brigade RFA were in action on the 5th August 1917 near Zillebekke near Ypres where they had been from the beginning of August. Albert Phillips was awarded the Military Medal for actions this day.

  • 15th Hampshires at Hollebeke.   15th Hampshires were at Hollebeke.

  • 5th August 1917 Church Parade and Medal Ceremony

  • 5th Aug 1917 SOS Targets

  • 5th Aug 1917 Church Parade

  • 5th Aug 1917 Reinforcements

  • 5th Aug 1917 Church Parade & Training

  • 5th Aug 1917 In Bivouacs

  • 5th Aug 1917 Shelling

  • 5th Aug 1917 Holding the Line

  • 5th Aug 1917 On the Move

  • 5th of August 1917 In Brandhoek





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Herbert Allen. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Sampson Ashby. North Staffordshire Regiment 1/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Ashworth. Royal Engineers 343rd Road Construction Company Read their Story.
  • Lt.Col. Bertram Best-Dunkley. VC. Lancashire Fusiliers 2/5th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lt/Col. Bertram Best-Dunkley. VC. Lancashire Fusiliers 2/5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Brown. Royal Irish Rifles 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Thomas Walter Church. Royal Engineers 150th Field Company Read their Story.
  • Spr. Thomas Walter Church. Royal Engineers 150th Field Company Read their Story.
  • Bdr. Stanley Gibbs. MM. Royal Field Artillery 64th Brigade, D Bty Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael Hagan. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Btn.
  • Spr. Gilbert Clarke McAlpine. Royal Engineers 106th Field Coy. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Alex McIntyre. Irish Guards 1st Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Taylor Welson. Montgomeryshire Yeomanry Read their Story.

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