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



8th October 1917

On this day:


  • 8th Oct 1917 On the March

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Havrincourt Wood K.31.c.0.0.

    Corps have ordered all Battalions to be continually on the offensive while holding the line. Consequently the Battalion will organize patrols nightly (weather permitting) and raids will be carried out at fixed periods. Owing to very bad weather no patrols went out on night of 7/8. Very quiet in the line, afternoon and night very wet and the men got a special issue of rum.

    War Diaries


  • SS Memphian lost   Seven miles East/North-East of the Arklow light vessel, the Memphian was torpedoed by U-boat 96 captained by Kapitanleutenant Heinrich Jeb. Thirty-two crew members were lost. Wreckage and bodies washed up along the Cambrian coast. A few were identified but most lie in graves marked as unknown at the locations where they were found, their names recorded as being lost at sea on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

  • 8th Oct 1917 Lecture for Officers

  • 8th Oct 1917 On the Move

  •    ECURIE CAMP

    A Co relieved C Co in LONG WOOD.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 8th Oct 1917 Out of Bed

  • 8th Oct 1917 Training and Sports

  • 8th Oct 1917 On the Move

  • 8th Oct 1917 Into Dugouts

  • 8th of October 1917 Kit Inspections

  • 8th of October 1917 Duty runner





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • AB. James Alford. SS Memphian Read their Story.
  • Slr. James Austin. SS Memphian Read their Story.
  • CQMS Michael William Behan. Hampshire Regiment 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • AB. William Brien. SS Memphian Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Herbert Hawkins. Royal Garrison Artillery 144th Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • Gnr. John Walington Jeal. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, D Bty Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Homer Warring Laird. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Moody. Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Battalion
  • Spr. G. Poisson. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Pte John Arthur Sullivan. Durham Light Infantry 13th Btn. Read their Story.

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