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10th April 1917On this day:
- Quiet day for 6th London Batteries 236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery record in their war diary:
Lt A F Yencken (B236 Battery) struck off the Brigade strength on evacuation to England.
All quiet today and all front trenches including Battery Observation Points have been demolished along with one trench mortar pit probably bombed by the enemy.
First sections went out of action tonight and withdrew to the wagon lines.
- 37th Divison move up at Arras It was only on the night of 10 April that the 37th Division including 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade and its six supporting tanks were in a position to consider mounting an attack on Monchy. The attack was delivered with the 11th Brigade on the left facing Monchy and the 112th on their right advancing towards La Bergère crossroads (where you will see the Windmill CWGC Cemetery and turn left towards Monchy). Standing up on this hill by the monument you get an immediate understanding as to why the village was so important and why the Germans had spent such a long time fortifying it (The Newfoundland Caribou is erected on top of a German bunker).
The attack got off to a bad start. At 0500 hours on a freezing cold morning the infantry and tanks set off across the snow, but the artillery was late in getting into position and when they did eventually open their bombardment they began by shelling the advancing troops who had not been warned of any postponement. Amongst the numerous casualties of this friendly fire was one of the tanks.
By 0900 hours though, Monchy was in British hands. The Germans launched a number of counter-attacks but these were driven off.
The village remained in Allied hands until it was abandoned during the German Spring offensive of 1918. Monchy was finally retaken again by the Canadians on 26th of August 1918 over three days and at remarkably little cost in terms of casualties, General Allenby's 3rd Army had made remarkable gains.
- Hospital ship Salta lost
HMHS Salta, Owner: Société Générale de Transport Maritime Steam, Operator: Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company (on behalf of the Admiralty), Builder: Société des Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranée, La Seyne-sur-Mer.
Yard number: 1048, Launched: 13 March 1911, Completed: July 1911. In service: 1911–10 April 1917. Fate: Hit a mine laid by German U-boat UC-26 on 10 April 1917.
Tonnage: 7728 tons. Length: 137 m (449 ft), Beam: 16.2 m (53 ft), Propulsion: Steam, twin screws. Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
HMHS Salta (His Majesty's Hospital Ship) was a steam ship originally built for Société Générale de Transport Maritime Steam, but requisitioned for use as a British hospital ship during the First World War. On 10 April 1917 she hit a mine laid by the German U-boat UC-26.
Built by the French company, Société des Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranée, at La Seyne-sur-Mer for the Société Générale de Transport Maritime Steam. The Salta was chartered by the British Admiralty in February 1915 and converted into a hospital ship. The former liner was painted white with wide green stripes and the insignia of the Red Cross, according to the terms laid down in the Hague Convention of 1894.
- Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
- Medical Staff strength.
- Accommodation capacity.
- Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
- Date From:3rd December 1914
- Date To:9th April 1917
- Ships Crew details:
While returning to pick up wounded at the port of Le Havre, France, Salta struck a mine at 1143 on the 10th April 1917, one mile (1.6 km) north of the entrance to the dam. A huge explosion smashed the hull near the stern in the engine room and hold number three. Water rushed into the disabled ship which listed to starboard and sank in less than 10 minutes. Of the 205 passengers and crew members, nine nurses, 42 member of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and 79 crew drowned.
The British patrol boat HMS P-26 attempted to come alongside to assist, but also struck a mine and sank.
- 122 Seige Battery at Arras st Nicholas 122 Seige Battery RGA ate up position & billets at Arras St Nicholas, with 78 Group, 17th Corps until 16th April.
- 10th April 1917 Ongoing moves and repair works
- 10th April 1917 Training and inspections
- 10th Apr 1917 Relief Completed
- 10th Apr 1917 Prisoners Taken
- 10th Apr 1917 Attack Made
- 10th Apr 1917 On the Move
- 10th Apr 1917 Artillery Advance
- 10th Apr 1917 Stand To
- 10th April 1917 Snow
- Men behave well under first fire The War Diary for one of the battalions of the Somerset Light Infantry records: A satisfactory feature of the day was the way in which the last draft of 200 behaved. Though for the most part only 19 years of age, and never having been under fire before they showed the greatest keenness and determination and behaved excellently
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