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



17th August 1915

On this day:


  • Appointments   6th County of London Brigade RFA report Capt. C.P Bertie proceeded to England on 7 days leave of absence. A Board was appointed to examine the Class of Shoeing Smiths who had undergone a six week course of instruction.

  • 17th Aug 1915 Saved by the Dust

  • 17th August 1915 9th Lancers in billets

  • Zeppelin raid on London   A third four Zeppelin raid tried to reach London on the night of the 17th–18th of August; two turned back with mechanical problems, LZ41(L11) bombed Ashford and Faversham in Kent in the belief it was Woolwich, but LZ40(L10) became the first Navy airship to reach London. L 10 was also misnavigated, mistaking the reservoirs of the Lea Valley for the Thames, and consequently dropped its bombs on Walthamstow and Leytonstone. 10 people were killed, 48 injured and property damage to the railway station and housing was estimated at £30,750.

    Guns were fired at L 10 and a few aircraft took off in pursuit, but the Zeppelin suffered no damage in the raid. L 10 was destroyed a little over two weeks later when it was struck by lightning and caught fire off Cuxhaven, and the entire crew was killed.

  • 17th Aug 1915 Battleships Duel

  • 17th Aug 1915 Deadly Patrol

  • 17th Aug 1915 Evacuation of Pelagosa

  • 17th Aug 1915 Aerial Torpedo Kills

  • 17th Aug 1915 Peshawar uprising

  • 17th Aug 1915 Hearty Reception for Worcester DCM winner

  • 17th Aug 1915 Working Parties

  • 17th Aug 1915 Trench Work

  • 17th Aug 1915 On the Move

  • 17th Aug 1915 Thunderstorms

  • 17th Aug 1915 Reception

  • 17th August 1915 





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Gdmn. Henry Balderstone. Coldstream Guards 3rd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Balderstone. Coldstream Guards 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. George Samuel Graham. Essex Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Ernest Howard Hancock. London Regiment 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • John Hoy. Royal Engineers 68th Field Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Wallis. Durham Light Infantry 5th Btn.

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