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15th July 1917On 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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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