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

7th April 1917

On this day:

  • Intense Wire Cutting   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Batteries carried out intense wire cutting this morning, A236 Battery firing one hundred and thirty rounds, B236 Battery one hundred and fifty five rounds and C236 Battery two hundred and ten rounds. Zero time for Daylight Raid 2000. 18th Battalion (London Irish Rifles) carried out this raid, in the same place on the right Brigade Front as the raid in February, under a heavy barrage by two and half Divisional Artilleries, accompanied by dummy raid at German line on Hill 60 and St Eloi. Enemy fire was fairly heavy and caused a number of casualties. Nineteen prisoners were taken. OC. Left Group acted as liaison officer with GOC 141st Infantry Brigade, also Major Pollard OC. D236 Battery acted as liaison with OC. Raid. 2/Lt A M Cole B236 Battery posted to 66th Division.

    War Diaries

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-88

    Type U 87 Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 32) Ordered 23 Jun 1915 Laid down 20 Nov 1915 Launched 22 Jun 1916 Commissioned 7 Apr 1917

    23 Jul 1916 - 5 Sep 1917 Walther Schwieger

    Career 4 patrols.
    18 May 1917 - 5 Sep 1917 III Flotilla

    Successes 12 ships sunk with a total of 39,382 tons.
    2 ships damaged with a total of 845 tons.

    • 23 May 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Hector 1,146 nw
    • 25 May 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Hilary 6,329 br
    • 28 May 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Roma (damaged) 417 ru
    • 29 May 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Ashleaf 5,768 br
    • 31 May 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Jeanne Cordonnier 2,194 fr
    • 31 May 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Miyazaki Maru 7,892 jp
    • 1 Jun 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Cavina 6,539 br
    • 6 Jun 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Eemdijk 3,048 nl
    • 7 Jun 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger John Bakke 1,611 nw
    • 29 Jun 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Escondido 1,066 nw
    • 3 Jul 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Iceland 1,501 br
    • 7 Jul 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Coral Leaf (damaged) 428 br
    • 13 Jul 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Ceres 1,166 da
    • 16 Jul 1917 U 88 Walther Schwieger Vesta 1,122 da

    Fate 5 Sep 1917 - Presumably mined off Terschelling. 43 dead (all hands lost).

    There was another U 88 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 16 Aug 1941 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 15 Oct 1941.

    John Doran

  • 7th April 1917 Move to Monchy Cayeux

  • 7th Apr 1917 HQ Shelled

  • 7th Apr 1917 New Posts

  • 7th Apr 1917 Cold Day

  • 7th Apr 1917 Wire Cutting

  • 7th Apr 1917 Changeable

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  • 7th Apr 1917 Attack Made

  • 7th of April 1917 Aerial Bombardment

  • 7th of April 1917 Training and Competitions

  • 7th Apr 1917 Reliefs

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Edward Whittaker Bowes. Lancashire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Whittaker Bowes. East Lancashire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Joseph Brown. Middlesex Regiment 13th Btn.
  • Spr. E. B. Foster. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Moses Fresco. 12th London Regiment Read their Story.
  • Capt. George James Mahony-Jones. 20 Sqd. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Patrick Moriaty. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Lt William B. Moyes. 20 Sqd. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Henry Pritchard. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Read their Story.

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