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



8th August 1917

On this day:


  • Activity in Front Line   

    245 Machine Gun Company

    Mercatel and trenches.

    At 1100 a practice barrage was commenced by all arms, during which fire was opened on the right of Lanyard Trench isolating that trench from St Romartís factory. (see Map 6) The raid was postponed.

  • First flight of Zeppelin LZ100   Zeppelin LZ100 (L53) was a V Class craft which had its first flight on 8th August 1917. It carried out 19 reconnaissance missions and 4 attacks on England, dropping a total of 11,930 kilograms (26,300 lb) of bombs. It was intercepted and destroyed by a Sopwith Camel flown by Lt Culley RAF, who took off from a lighter towed by the destroyer HMS Redoubt, on the 11th August 1918. LZ 100 was the last zeppelin destroyed in the air during the war.

  • 8th August 1917 Ongoing training

  • 8th Aug 1917 Heavy Shelling

  •    WINNEPEG CAMP

    8th - 16th August. Training near MT ST ELOY. Weather very showery throughout the period. 15th: Major WHITE M.C. joined Bn.

  • 8th Aug 1917 On the March





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. James Beck. Royal Irish Rifles 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. William Burns. Royal Irish Rifles 9th Bn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Benjamin Gaines. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Pte. Robert Edward Hutt. 44th Inf Btn. att. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • L/Cpl. Alexander Love. Highland Light Infantry 6th Bn Read their Story.
  • Pte. T. Mirley. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Huntly Sargeant. Lincolnshire Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte Alfred J. Stone. Gloucestershire Regiment 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Richard Whitworth. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn Read their Story.

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