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



9th April 1917

On this day:


  • 9th April 1917 Units in action at Arras

  • April 1917 

  • Heavy Barrage   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Left Group now under tactical command of 23rd Divisional Artillery and covering 23rd Division Infantry, but still covering Hill 60 front. After trench mortaring of our lines all day the enemy at 1835 opened a heavy barrage along the Divisional Front particularly on the Centre Battalion. SOS went up at 1844 and the Batteries of 236 Brigade commenced barrage immediately. There was some Shelling of Group on right and Division on left, but both turned a Battery into mutual barrages on this Brigade front after ten minutes. Enemy found to have been completely held up by our barrage fire and dead found in 'no mans land'. Firing continued until about 2000 at a rapid rate with 3960 rounds being fired by the Group despite some Batteries being all shelled with 5.9 inch guns and gas shells. One 4.5 Howitzer was badly damaged, but no other damage or casualties except slight gas poisoning and shock.

  • 37th Divison move up at Arras   13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade with 37th Division were in reserve initially at the launch of the Battle of Arras. After initial success the 37th moved up through the lines to continue the attack. This was the area of the Brown Line and having reached here, the 37th Division was brought up through the other Divisions in order to carry the attack into Monchy. This was supposed to have happened on the evening of 9 April, but a sudden turn in the weather made advancing much more difficult. It was so cold that men would freeze to death during the night. That evening the 37th continued the attack in the face of snow past Feuchy Chapel reaching an area known as Orange Hill to the south-east of Monchy

  • 9th April 1917 Ongoing training

  • V.15 Trench Mortar Bty in action   V.15 Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery are in action in the Second Battle of Arras.

  • 9th April 1917 Regiment on standy - Dismounted party casualties

  • 9th Apr 1917 Difficult Carrying

  • 9th April 1917 

  • 9th Apr 1917 145 MGC in Action

  • 9th Apr 1917 A Long Fight

  • 9th Apr 1917 Attack Made

  • 9th Apr 1917 Troops Move Up

  • 9th Apr 1917 Assault Made

  • 9th Apr 1917 Guns Lost

  • 9th Apr 1917 Ready to Move





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Robert Adair. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Btn.
  • Sgt. Patrick William Berne. 15th (Central Ontario) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Edgar Blackwell. Northumberland Fusiliers 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion
  • Private Victor George Thomas Bray. Royal Fusiliers 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Brennan. Machine Gun Corps Read their Story.
  • Pte. Lyle Whidden Bryson. 25th Bn. Canadian Infantry Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Edwin Bullock. York & Lancaster Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Burridge. Royal Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. H Cadden. Royal Warwickshire Rgt. 2nd/7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Ebenezer Calderwood. Northumberland Fusiliers 25th Tyneside Irish Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Carrick. Gordon Highlanders 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lcpl. Jas. Case. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion
  • Pte. James Thew Caskey. Northumberland Fusiliers 22nd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish) Read their Story.
  • Pte. Ernest Arthur Clark. Royal Fusiliers 4th Battalion
  • Pte. Herbert Cook. London Regiment 12th Battalion, D Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Alexander Dayer. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt) 8th Batallion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Charles "Scotty" Dennis. Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment 1st/9th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Nicholas Donnelly. Northumberland Fusiliers 26th (Tyneside Irish) Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Allan Daniel Dunoon. 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Oswald Campbell "Fraser" Fraser. Black Watch 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Gabbitas. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Gilchrist. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1/8 Btn. Read their Story.
  • Private Robert Stephenson Gould. Lincolnshire Regiment 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Gregg. Sherwood Foresters 11th Battalion
  • Lpcl. Tom Grieve. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edwin Heywood. King's Royal Rifle Corps 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Second Lieutenant George Rowland Howson. Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regt 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Percy Humphries. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Joseph Jackett. Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment
  • Cpl. Elias A. Jones. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4th Btn Read their Story.
  • Sgt. William Dunstan Kemp. Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Harold Vincent King. London Regiment 12th (The Rangers) Btn.
  • Pte. John Larkin. Royal Scots 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Arthur Lay. Northumberland Fusiliers 23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. Henry Lewis. Rifle Brigade 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Robert McCartney. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William McItterick. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. William Granthan Millen. Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Johnstone Milne. VC Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) 16th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Joseph "Tomsie" O'Malley. Royal Artillery 47th Divisional Trench Mortar Battery Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Stephen ONiell. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Henry Reed. Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James William Revill. Royal Engineers Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Sample. East Yorkshire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Private Joseph McKnight Scott. Gordon Highlanders 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Henry Sharpe. 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. Ellis Welwood Sifton. VC 18th Btn. (Western Ontario Regiment). Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Brown Smith. King's Own Scottish Borderers 6th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Henry Spicer. Sherwood Foresters 11th Btn.
  • Pte. Hudson Stephenson. Northumberland Fusiliers 27th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion
  • Pte. George Sutherland. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Toner. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Nutall Watson. Seaforth Highlanders 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William West. Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 5th Btn. Read their Story.

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