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

8th May 1917

On this day:

  • Inspections   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report GOC. Division inspected the Brigade HQ and Batteries during the morning. Still much artillery activity and bombardment of dumps by the enemy.

    War Diaries

  • 8th May 1917 Guns Replaced

  • 8th May 1917 Staff Rides

  • 8th May 1917 Under Shellfire

  • 8th May 1917 Leaky Roofs

  • 8th May 1917 Attack made


    Relief complete 4.0am Artillery on both sides very active 4.0am to 6.0am and from 7.30pm to 9.0pm rest of day pretty quiet. The 7.30pm to 9.0pm activity due to reported massing of Germans at various places if an attack was intended it was certainly broken up by artillery. Severe fighting with 5th Div at FRESNOY.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 8th May 1917 Rifle Meeting

  • 8th May 1917 Training

  • 8th of May 1917 Heavy Enemy Shelling

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Cpl. John Dobson. Gloucestershire Regiment 12th (Bristol) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. William Herbert Earle. Gloucestershire Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frank Ernest Newton. Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Joseph Powell. Gloucestershire Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Alexander Scott. Durham Light Infantry 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Percy Smallpage. West Yorkshire Regiment 2/6th Battalion Read their Story.

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