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



17th April 1918

On this day:


  • Considerable Shelling   There was considerable shelling all over the area and in St. Jans Cappell. Congratulatory messages were received from Corps and Divisional Commanders by 6th West Riding Rgt. More wire was put out during the night.

    Casualties of 6th West Riding Rgt on this day were 2nd. Lt. J. M. Hick (Killed in Action), 265527 Lance Sergeant J. Calvert (Wounded at Duty), 31811 Private H. Broadbent (Wounded), 242483 Private W. D. Cole (Killed in Action),25515 Private S. Frost (Wounded), 266928 Private M. Hogg (Wounded), 41181 Private C. F. May (Wounded), 200207 Private G. S. Seed (Wounded), 21182 Private H. Smith (Wounded), 203872 Private L. F. Smith (Wounded at Duty), 240827 Private E. B. Timmins (Wounded), 265618 Private H. Walker (Wounded).

  •    18th Durhams report "Very heavy shelling commenced about 9am in the vicinity of Borre. Received orders from Brigade to move to V.9.d. NW of La Kruele in the afternoon moved thence to L’Hoffand, Hazebrouck defences. 92nd Composite Battalion on the left, 94th Battalion on the right, 93rd Battalion in reserve at V.23 & V.29. Draft of 119 OR’s arrived at details. Our line ran V.23.d.3.8 – V – V.29.d.7.4. – V.30.c.3.7. – D.6.a.3.3."

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 17th Apr 1918 Enemy Attack

  • 17th Apr 1918 Relief

  • 17th Apr 1918 Trench Work

  • 17th Apr 1918 On the Move

  • 17th of April 1918 Batteries into Action

  • 17th Jun 1918 On the Move





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Robert Adams. Northumberland Fusiliers 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfm. Felix John Brinn. King's Royal Rifle Corps 16th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel Edwards Fletcher. Grenadier Guards 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Fox. King's Own Scottish Borderers 2nd Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Greatrix. North Staffordshire Regiment 2/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Charles Frederick Heatly. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 16th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Hibbins. Welsh Regiment 9th Btn.
  • Pte. Harry Mansfield. Machine Gun Corps 1st Coy Read their Story.
  • Dick Muggleton. Leicestershire Regiment 2/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Private Henry Ord. Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Orr. Seaforth Highlanders 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. John Charles Ravenscroft. Lancashire Fusiliers 19th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Royles. Welsh Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Walter John Tindall. MM. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 16th (Boys Brigade) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. William H. Wood. Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.

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