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



17th April 1915

On this day:


  • Hill 60 Blown up   On the 17th April the news came to the resting soldiers of the 3rd Monmouths, that Hill 60 had been blown up and captured by the 13th Brigade. Parties from the 1st and 3rd Monmouthshire Battalions had helped in this by virtue of their expertise in mining operations. A detachment of 40 men under Lieutenant Lancaster had been sent to join the new unit the 171 st Tunnelling Company in February. As expert mineworkers, from the Valleys above Abergavenny, they had distinguished themselves and the Battalion was justly proud. But amongst the rejoicing they had to leave Ypres and return to the trenches. British guns were in action on both sides of the Zonnebeke Road and it was a relief for them all to turn off the cobbled road, go across country and reach Frezenberg before the Germans retaliated. The battalion relieved the 5th King's Own and finding things much as before they carried on with their every day routine. They would remain in the trenches for the next 17 days.

  • Daily Battery Activity 6th London Brigade RFA    15th Battery, 6th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery registered on forward German trench near Railway. Range 3350 yards. 16th Battery opened fire - twelve rounds - on road junction about Chapelle St Roche (A.4.c.1.4). 16th Battery, at request of OC. 3rd Coldstream Guards fired twelve rounds on German second trench (A.9.c.7.7.). Range 4175 yards.

  • 4th Yorks depart for France   4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment depart from Newcastle at 9am bound for Folkestone and then France.

  • 1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium April 1915.   1st Battalion fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.

  • 17th April 1915 9th Lancers Regimental Cross country

  • 17th Apr 1915 A Little Hot

  • Changes in personnel   Lt. H F Mullan reported his arrival from 13 general Hospital, and posted to 'A' section.

    Lt. Hampton taken over the duties of Transport Officer in addition to his other duties.

  • 1st Bn Herts into billets at Le Quesnoy   Relieved by the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards and went into billets at Le Quesnoy.

  • 17th Apr 1915 Under Shellfire

  • 17th Apr 1915 13th Londons Inspected

  • 17th Apr 1915 Trench Work

  • 17th April 1915 On the Move

  • 17th Apr 1915 On the Move

  • 17th Apr 1915 Under Attack





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Harold Campbell Abbott. Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Btn.
  • Pte. John Conroy. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Albert Henry Gold. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Horace Green. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Joseph Richard Horner. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Daniel Hunter. Royal Scots 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James Kyle. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Albert Arthur Moran. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alexander Walker. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Young. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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