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6th December 1917On this day:
- 6th Dec 1917 On the Move
- 21st Londons at Graincourt 11 a.m. Divisional Commander visited the line.
4 p.m. Fighting patrol from the 21st Londons under 2/Lt J.O.B Hitch is sent Northwards along Hindenburg Support Line obtains touch with outposts of 2nd Divn – no signs of enemy patrols.
5.30 p.m. The forward outpost line through Graincourt held by 140 Inf Bde is withdrawn.
6 p.m. Post in K.11.A (Sheet 57c) held by RWF relieved by 2 platoons from D Coy, 21st Londons under Lieut C.H. Edmunds. Patrols & forward picquets are maintained during this & successive nights.
War Diary 21 Londons
- Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Trenches south of Marcoing.
Battalion in the line with two Companies in front line, one in support and one in reserve for use as Battalion counter-attack Company.
Enemy shelling position very heavily. Five casualties – four Other Ranks.
- 6th Dec 1917 Relieved
- ARLEUX EN GOHELLE
Light shelling of ARLEUX, SUGAR FACTORY and OAK ALLEY during the day. At night we again had patrols out looking for enemy working party at B.12.d.8.7. The second time patrol was out the enemy party was seen & our patrol came back some distance & fired 1 green & 1 white Very light, this being a pre-arranged signal with the MG Coy. Owing to the haze the signal was not seen by them, but our patrol returned, a telephone message was sent to them, and they at once opened fire with 2 Vickers guns, 1 ½ belts being fired. On the North part of our sector, we had one man wounded by a machine gun bullet, which seemed to be fired from our left rear (Canadian) part of the line.
The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1
- 6th Dec 1917 On the Move
- 6th December 1917 Gotha crash landing
- 6th Dec 1917 Very Cold
- 6th of December 1917 Tank Attack Expected
- 6th Dec 1917 Training
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