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

8th September 1917

On this day:

  • 8th September 1917 Return to Western Front

  • Temp commander takes over 16th Northumberland Fusiliers   Following a shell burst on Battalion HQ sleeping quarters, which injured the commanding officer, Capt Lindsay (attached Bde staff) takes over command of the 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers temporarily.

  • Daily Activity   9th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (K2) later (from 25th Sep.1917) 9th Bn (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Havrincourt Wood.

    Very quiet day. There was little trench mortar or machine gun fire during the day.

    A German called across to our men "Jock, have you been here before"? He got no reply however.

    2nd Lieutenant Partridge and four men went out on a patrol. They did not come into contact with enemy.

    Wire entanglements and deepening of the communication trench on Yorkshire Bank continued.

  • Inspections   9th Queens Royal Lancers

    8th Sep - HQ Bernieulles - Inspection of kits, arms, saddlery and horses by Squadrons.

  • 8th Sep 1917 Change of Group

  •    BRAY

    8th - 11th September. Training at BRAY and round about: chief objective of training during this period was the instruction of leaders, this was carried out very largely by means of tactical exercises without troops: bayonet fighting, gas defences & applied musketry training also specially worked at.

  • 8th Sep 1917 Kit Inspection

  • 8th Sep 1917 Artillery Active

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Joseph Bradley. Manchester Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Kearsley. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.

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