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

17th August 1916

On this day:

  • Registration   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report from Bottom Wood. Quiet day until 1500. The morning was spent in registration of targets. Lt Graburn C236 Battery was wounded in the trenches. Batteries formed an intense barrage 220 yards over the Switch Line and infantry made a bombing attack along the Switch Line towards Tramway. The Germans made feeble counter attack near the Tramway which was repulsed. There was no firing during the night by Batteries.

  • 17th August 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 17th August 1916 Routine and swimming sports

  • Bad weather   6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

    17th August - Ronville - Heavy rain during day and thunderstorms.

    war diaries

  • 17th Aug 1916 Parcels from Home


    04.37. Fine & calm. Six willow trees, considered to be of value to enemy as range marks near our parapet opposite 12 Islands, blown up at 4.37am.

    15.55. Combined bombardment by R.A. & L.T.M.B. of German trenches S27d. 4.15pm German guns answered chiefly on our left Islands & BARNTON T with whizz bangs. Bombardment ended 4.55pm. The front line & O.B.L. was again thinned as on 15.8.16 and troops withdrawn to disused trenches. Casualties NIL. Damage done to our trenches insignificant.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 17th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 17th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 17th Aug 1916 On the March

  • 17th Aug 1916 Barrage

  • 17th Aug 1916 Storm

  • 17th of August 1916 New Wagon Lines

  • 17th of August 1916 Two Reinforcements

  • 17th Aug 1916 Mobilization

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Alfred Henry Basil Brady. West Yorkshire Regiment 12th Battalion
  • Pte. John Francis Evans. Border Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Richard Jarvis. East Yorkshire Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Jesse Howarth Kenworthy. Durham Light Infantry 18th Btn. A Coy. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Thomas Henry Maile. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1/8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Daniel Mulloy. Royal Scots Fusiliers 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Allen Murphy. Cameronians 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Jesse Wilton. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 15th Btn. Read their Story.

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