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10th November 1917On this day:
- Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Trenches still bad owing to continued bad weather. Much work done by the men in the line towards improving and draining them today.
- The Allied forces including: The 1st South Wales Borderers & The Canadian 8th Army had established a defensive line on the ‘Goudberg Spur’. This spur was situated near ‘Goudberg Copse’ and was populated with small farm houses & buildings that were occupied by the German forces. A British attack was planned for the 10th November 1917. This was to be the last offensive of the Ypres/Passchendaele battles and the 1st Battalion of the South Wales Borderers where to play a pivotal role in the attack.
At 5.00am A company from the 1st South Wales Borderers would head north from Valour Farm after the British Rolling Barrage had pummelled the German positions. The trenches were partially flooded and surrounded by shell craters. The wooden duck boards, on which the soldiers walked, were submerged. The mud was like glue and should a man slip off the duck boards, while carrying his full pack which included 3 days rations, rifle & steel helmet, extra ammunition & 2 bombs per man he would almost certainly slide into one of the many deep shell holes with no chance of rescue or escape.
When the barrage started the terrain was so unrecognisable that it became difficult for the artillery to locate the German positions. To make matters worse, as A Company went over the top they ran into their own barrage causing several casualties and resulted in the battalion edging off to the right. The soldiers had trouble locating its objectives and gradually as German counter attacks became stronger the offensive stalled.
- 10th Nov 1917 On the Move
- 10th Nov 1917 Football
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Remembering those who died this day. Pte. Frederick Adams. Royal Army Service Corps 59th Divisional Supply Train (MT) L/Cpl. John Arnold. Royal Munster Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story. Gnr. Charles William Corbett. Royal Garrison Artillery 23rd Siege Btty Pte. George Evans. Royal Munster Fusiliers 2nd/6th Battalion Read their Story. Pte. Edward Mitchell Friend. Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment 15th Battalion Pte. William Henry Hodges. South Wales Borderers 1st Btn. Read their Story. Cpl. Thomas Patrick McKenna. Royal Engineers 528 Field. Coy. Read their Story. Pte. John William Owens. South Wales Borderers 1st Btn. Read their Story. L/Cpl. James Powell. Royal Munster Fusiliers 2nd Btn, A Coy. Read their Story. Pte. Russell Hardy Shand. Northumberland Fusiliers 19th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. William Bernard Tyler. 5th Light Horse Read their Story. Private Francis James Wailey. Manchester Regiment Read their Story.
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