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



15th July 1917

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers return to Nieuport   The 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers return to Nieuport, taking over from 15 Btn Lancashire Fusiliers. The Battalion is later relieved in Nieuport by 1/8 Btn West Yorkshire Regiment (49 division) and marches back to Jeanniot camp, remaining there for eight days engaged in working and carrying parties. Two drafts join, totallying 240 men in all. From there they move to to Bray Dunes, taking over the coast defences.

  • Move to France   245 Machine Gun Company

    The Company left Grantham Machine Gun Training Base at 0225 and entrained for Southampton. At 1730 they embarked on HMT Australind and sailed for Le Havre. Company Strength 10 Officers 177 ORs.

    War Diary


  • 9th Cheshires in action   9th Cheshires are in action at Oostaverne near Ypres.

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-103

    Type U 57 Shipyard A.G. Weser, Bremen (Werk 254) Ordered 15 Sep 1915 Laid down 8 Aug 1916 Launched 9 Jun 1917 Commissioned 15 Jul 1917

    Commanders>
    26 Aug 1917 - 12 May 1918 Claus Rücker

    Career 5 patrols 26 Aug 1917 - 12 May 1918 II Flotilla

    Successes 8 ships sunk with a total of 15,467 tons.
    1 ship damaged with a total of 6,042 tons.

    • 12 Sep 1917 U 103 Claus Rücker St. Margaret 943 br
    • 12 Nov 1917 U 103 Claus Rücker Depute Pierre Goujon 4,121 fr
    • 16 Nov 1917 U 103 Claus Rücker Garron Head 1,933 br
    • 26 Jan 1918 U 103 Claus Rücker Cork 1,232 br
    • 29 Jan 1918 U 103 Claus Rücker Glenfruin 3,097 br
    • 17 Mar 1918 U 103 Claus Rücker Cressida 150 br
    • 17 Mar 1918 U 103 Claus Rücker Sea Gull 976 br
    • 18 Mar 1918 U 103 Claus Rücker Grainton (damaged) 6,042 br
    • 20 Mar 1918 U 103 Claus Rücker Kassanga 3,015 br

    Fate 12 May 1918 - Rammed by RMS Olympic and sunk at 4916N 0451W. 10 dead, unknown number of survivors.

    There was another U 103 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 12 Apr 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 5 Jul 1940.

    John Doran


  • 15th July 1917 Front line action and reliefs

  • 15th July 1917 

  • 15th Jul 1917 In the Trenches

  • 15th Jul 1917 Training

  • 15th Jul 1917 Training

  • 15th Jul 1917 Church Parade

  • 15th July 1917 March to Camp

  • 15th of July 1917 Training

  • 15th of July 1917 The ruins of war





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Tom Chadwick. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William "Darkie" Cole. Manchester Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Michael McGrath. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Thomas McLaren. Royal Field Artillery 236th Bde. Read their Story.

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