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

5th March 1917

On this day:

  • Positions Reinforced   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Working parties from 104 Brigade RFA and 47th Divisional Ammunition Column attached to Batteries of the Group to work on the reinforcement positions. 2/Lt T Ballantyne evacuated to England and struck off Brigade strength with effect from 3rd March 1917.

    War Diaries

  • 5th Mar 1917 20th DLI relieve East Surreys

  • Hospital ship   

    SS Copenhagen

    SS Copenhagen, 2570 grt, was built in 1907 by John Brown and Company at Clydebank as a replacement for the lost "Berlin" and was so successful that she was quickly followed by her sisters "Munich" [1908] and "St. Petersburg"[1910] on the Harwich Hook of Holland service.

    The vessel was torpedoed and sunk by UC61 in the North Sea in 1917 en route to the Hook of Holland.

    Copenhagen served as a Hospital Ship during WW1.

    • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
    • Medical Staff strength.
    • Officers:8
    • Nurses:6
    • Other:28
    • Accommodation capacity.
    • Officers:
    • Cots:122
    • Berths:132
    • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
    • Date From:1st January 1916
    • Date To:5th March 1917
    • Ships Crew details:

    Wreck survey tour report.

    Now well out to sea, the next wreck on our tour is the Copenhagen, a turbine steamer owned by the Great Eastern Railway Co when she was torpedoed and sunk by UC61 in 1917. Passenger accommodation was spread over three decks amidships, with sleeping berths for 320 in First Class, over 200 of which were in double cabins. Public rooms included a smoking room on the awning deck, and below this a ladies' room, while the full-width 62-seat dining saloon was situated on the lower deck.

    John Doran

  • 5th March 1917 Rest period

  • 5th March 1917 Routine


    Resting, total casualties for the week 13 killed, 2 died of wounds, and 28 wounded. 3 missing. Cpl RIGG and L/Cpl LAWER awarded MILITARY MEDAL for Distinguished Conduct in the Field.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 5th Mar 1917 Heavy Snow

  • 5th Mar 1917 Reliefs

  • 5th Mar 1917 Casualties

  • 5th March 1917 On the Move

  • 5th Mar 1917 Inspection

  • 5th Mar 1917 Reliefs

  • 5th Mar 1917 Trench Work

  • 5th of March 1917 A Misty Day

  • 5th of March 1917 Activity Slight

  • 5th Mar 1917 Training

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  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. William Benjamin Baldwin. Essex Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Henry Brooks. Kings Liverpool Regiment 17th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Thomas Clegg. Seaforth Highlanders 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Thurlow. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. William George Wood. King's Shropshire Light Infantry 6th Battalion

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