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



6th August 1917

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers undertake raid   Lt Townsend and sixteen men of the 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers raid rat post, killing all Germans found there. The Lt and four men are wounded. That evening B coy relieved C coy, and were ordered to repeat the raid.

  • movements 245MGC   

    Disposition of troops and Company on 6/7th August

    245 Machine Gun Company

    Mercatel and trenches.

    2/Lt Derbyshire took up the number 1ís of the three teams for instruction to positions S2, 3 and S4 and returned by himself at 1400. 2/Lt. GE Barnes took up the 3 guns at 2000. Lt. Parsons was warned that he would be in charge of S2, 3 and 4 positions in the Right Brigade Area. Lt AJ Barnes is to be in charge of S5, 6 and 7 on the right of River Coveul and 2/Lt. Wheatley in charge of S8 and S9 on the left of River Coveul, the latter 5 positions being in the Left Brigade Area. Map No.6 shows disposition of troops and Company on the night of 6/7th August.

    War Diaries


  • 6th August 1917 Work party to 5th Army

  • 6th Aug 1917 On the Move

  • 6th Aug 1917 Under Shellfire

  • 6th Aug 1917 On Stand by

  • 6th Aug 1917 On the Range

  • 6th Aug 1917 Training

  • 6th Aug 1917 Shelling

  • 6th Aug 1917 Reliefs

  • 6th Aug 1917 Training

  • 6th of August 1917 Out to tea

  • 6th August 1917 Casualties





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John William Baxter. Norfolk Regiment Read their Story.
  • Gnr. George Cocksedge. Royal Field Artillery 177th Bde, C Bty. Read their Story.
  • Rfm. Patrick William French. 1st NZ Rifle Brigade. A Coy.
  • Ordinary Seaman Peter James Lambell. HMS Amphion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Mallet Makepeace. Durham Light Infantry 4th Batt. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Samuel Mann. Royal Inniskilling Fusilliers 8th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. John Martin. Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. James McClelland. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Battalion
  • 2nd Lt. John James Fraser Shand. Royal Garrison Artillery 185th Heavy Brigade Read their Story.
  • Capt. Oswald Leslie Jennings Steel. 14th Bde. Australian Field Artillery Read their Story.

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