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16th December 1917 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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

16th December 1917

On this day:

  • 16th Dec 1917 Football

  • 21st Londons on the move   At 8 a.m. on the 16th December the 21st Battalion London Regiment paraded and then marched to Velu. They entrained there at 9 a.m. and proceeded to Aveluym detraining there about midday. They ate dinner in half an hour and the Battalion then marched to Lavieville which was reached at 4.30 p.m.

    War Diary 21 Londons

  • Post Stormed   9th (North Irish Horse) Btn., Royal Irish Fusiliers. report from South of Marcoing: German post stormed by our patrol at 1700 with Gunner bayoneted and machine gun captured. His identification secured (6th Division Reserve Infantry Regiment). Lieutenant Caulfield, 7th Somersets, buried by our Battalion. Trench very much improved and more wire put out. Relieved by 7th Royal Fusiliers at 2100 and marched to Metz. Fifty rifles salved and several thousand rounds of small arms ammunition, also boxes of grenades salved, cleaned and put under cover.

    War Diaries


    Church parades, no other work.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 16th Dec 1917 Working Parties & Baths

  • 16th Dec 1917 Reliefs Completed

  • 16th Dec 1917 In the Trenches

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Herbert Dunn. Durham Light Infantry 10th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Holliday. Royal Scots Fusiliers 3rd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John McGuire. King's Own Scottish Borderers 6th Btn.

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