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

13th December 1917

On this day:

  • 13th Dec 1917 Artillery Active

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers return to the line   16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers return to the line, taking over the front between Paddebeek and Lekker Botterbeek, with battalion HQ at Hubner Farm.

  • 21st Londons in reserve   By 4 a.m. on the 13th of December the 21st Londons report, relief complete. The Battalion bivouacked on a hill side.

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

    South of Marcoing.

    Captured a prisoner at 0430 of the 6th (Reserve Infantry Regiment). Battalion stood to at 0530 to meet a rumoured attack at 0630.

    Word received from Division Headquarters at 0330 that the enemy was to attack in great force at 0630. No attack however took place.


    Inspection of arms by Staff Sgt Armourer. Coy training. Lewis Gunners mechanism. Bombing sections throwing, tactics and mechanism of bombs. Rifle sections rifle grenade practice with dummies, tactics and mechanism of grenades.

  • 13th Dec 1917 Shelling

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Tel. Arthur Frederick Churchhouse. HMS Stephen Furness Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alfred Green. Machine Gun Corps 57th Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Wiseman Holmes. Prince of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment) 12th Battalion Read their Story.

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