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5th September 1917On this day:
- 5th Sep 1917 Reliefs Completed
- Relief in Trenches 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers
took over the front line at Havrincourt Wood from 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles and disposed as follows.
- A Company – Battalion Reserve at K.31.c (Broken House Dump),
2 Platoons to reserve trench at Q.2.a.4.8;
- B Company – Headquarters at K.32.c.8.4, two Platoons front line trench from Hubert Avenue K.32.c.8.5 to K.32.a.6.8. One Platoon at Yorkshire Bank;
- C Company – Headquarters K.32.a.2.4, front trench on Yorkshire Bank, also the four forward posts;
- D Company at K.26.a.6.3. Locality R.3.
Relief completed before midnight with no casualties.
9th Royal Irish Fusiliers diary WO 95/2505/2
- 5th Sep 1917 U Boat Sunk
- 5th Sep 1917
- 5th Sep 1917 Aeroplane lost
- 18th DLi are in the Line L4 Mericourt Sector. From 12 midnight to 12.40am and from 1.30am to 1.50am the enemy bombarded Vimy area very violently with mustard gas shells mixed with shrapnel and HE. A few shells fell on forward areas. One gas shell fell near a Lewis Gun Post in A Coy and all the men – 1 NCO & 7 were gassed and evacuated the following afternoon, no immediate effects were felt. The gas curtains at Bn HQ were quite effective and no one felt any bad effects. The 4th CMR at La Chaudiere brickstacks lost a whole Company gassed owing to the dugouts being insufficiently protected. The same area was shelled intermittently throughout the day with gas shells and as there was very little wind the gas hung about all day. At night the Battalion was relieved by the 4th CMR. Owing to the loss of a Company arrangements were altered at the last minute but even then they were stronger than we were. The relief went smoothly and was complete by 11.30pm. The Battalion marched by Companies to Vancouver Camp. Stores etc went by light railway from Station Dump to Territorial Siding.
The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1
- 5th Sep 1917 Parades
- 5th Sep 1917 Orders
- 5th Sep 1917 Bravery Recognised
- 5th Sep 1917 Working Party & Training
- 5th Sep 1917 In the Trenches
- 5th of September 1917 Relieved
- 5th of September 1917 Breakfast for the troops
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