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

16th May 1917

On this day:

  • Relocations   Headquarters 236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery went out of action to Wagon Louex.

    War Diaries

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-97

    Type U 93 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 261) Ordered 15 Sep 1915 Laid down 25 Mar 1916 Launched 4 Apr 1917 Commissioned 16 May 1917

    15 May 1917 - 13 Oct 1917 Hugo Schmidt
    14 Oct 1917 - 12 Jan 1918 Otto Wünsche
    13 Jan 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Hans von Mohl

    Career 5 patrols.
    27 Aug 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 IV Flotilla

    Successes 4 ships sunk with a total of 2,089 tons.
    1 ship damaged with a total of 4,785 tons.

    • 22 Nov 1917 U 97 Otto Wünsche Conovium 86 br
    • 22 Nov 1917 U 97 Otto Wünsche Elsena 335 br
    • 22 Nov 1917 U 97 Otto Wünsche Hartland (damaged) 4,785 br
    • 11 Feb 1918 U 97 Hans von Mohl Westphalia 1,467 br
    • 2 Jun 1918 U 97 Hans von Mohl Argus 201 da

    Fate 21 Nov 1918 - Sank by accident in the North Sea in position 53°28'N, 03°28'E while on passage to surrender..

    The wreck has been located and identified in recent years.

    There was another U 97 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Aug 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 28 Sep 1940.

    John Doran

  • 16th May 1917 Routine

  • 16th May 1917 Blight of War

  •    NEAR ECURIE G.4.a

    The Battalion marched out of camp at 7.30pm and proceeded to the trenches GAVRELLE SECTOR when it relieved 12th EYR. All 4 companies in front line. 15th WYR and ½ Bn 18th WYR in close support. ½ Bn WYR and 16th WYR in reserve. 9th Bn DUKE OF WELLINGTONS is on right. 14th Y&L on left. Relief completed 4.30am. a very wet and dark night. 2Lt’s WELFORD and APPERLEY wounded on way in.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 16th May 1917 On Leave

  • 16th May 1917 Wounded

  • 16th May 1917 Training

  • 16th May 1917 Training

  • 16th of May 1917 More German Guns Seen

  • 16th of May 1917 In No Man's Land

  • 16th May 1917 Patrols

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John Connolly. Northumberland Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. George Foster. Royal Field Artillery 102nd Bde.
  • Richard James Hitchen. Machine Gun Corps 152 Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Jones. Manchester Regiment 1st Batallion Read their Story.

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