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



17th August 1917

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberlands on the move   16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers leave Ribaillet camp for Coxyde.

  • Activity in Front Line   

    Layout of Machine Guns under new Divisional Defence

    245 Machine Gun Company

    Mercatel and trenches.

    Conference held at 245 Machine Gun Company Headquarters at 1200, attended by DMGO and OCís 149, 150 and 151 Brigades together with the OC. 245 MGC. The new Divisional Machine Gun Defence Scheme, part of the VI Corps Defence Scheme, was discussed.

    Received a letter from Divisional HQ, showing division of gun positions under the new Defence Scheme and indicating that all guns are to be in position by 0600 21st August.

    Copy of Divisional Letter GX4025/34 GSO1 50th Division.

    • 1 Attached Map (Appx No.12) substituted for previous M.9 Maps.
    • 2 Right Brigade to occupy positions 1 to 7 inclusive and S1 and S2.
    • Left Brigade to occupy positions 8 to 15 inclusive and S8.
    • 245 MG Coy. to occupy positions S3 to S7 and S9 to S12 inclusive.
    • All guns to be in position by 0600 21st Aug 1917.
    • Remaining 7 guns per Bde MG Coy in the line to be at the disposal of GOC Brigade
    17th August 1917.

    War Diaries


  • 17th August 1917 Ongoing training

  •    BEEHIVE SUPPORT Bn. HQ ACHEVILLE SECTOR

    Fine and quiet days. At night 150 men carried gas bombs to QUEBEC TRENCH for Special R.E. Capt. HUTCHENCE left to take up appointment of 2nd in Command of 1/6 SOUTH STAFFS.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 17th Aug 1917 Into Support

  • 17th Aug 1917 Training

  • 17th Aug 1917 On the March

  • 17th Aug 1917 At Rest

  • 17th Aug 1917 Reliefs

  • 17th Aug 1917 In Action

  • 17th Aug 1917 In Reserve

  • 17th of August 1917 On the Move

  • 17th of August 1917 Shooting Practice





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Herbert Alexander Affleck. 1st Field Artillery Brigade Read their Story.
  • Rfm William J. Bell. Royal Irish Rifles 15th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James Bernes. Kings Rgt. (Liverpool) 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Mjr. Frederick Leslie Biddle. 2nd Field Artillery Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Edward Boddy. Bedfordshire Regiment 7th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Boland. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. Thomas Boland. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Bradley. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry W. Brown. VC an Infantry (Alberta Regiment), 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Matthew Caine. Manchester Regiment 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Gnr. B. Cooper. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade, `B' Bty. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Roy Coulthard. 2nd Auckland Btn.
  • Rfmn. Patrick Joseph Coyne. Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own) 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. James Dodds. Royal Irish Rifles 10th South Belfast Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Clifford Garland. Royal Engineers 61st Div. Signal Coy Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Andrew Greer. Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Battalion
  • L/Cpl. Albert Isaac Hutchinson. South Staffordshire Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rfm William McDowell. Royal Irish Rifles 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. D. B. Moore. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Pte. John William Murphy. Royal Defence Corps Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Peter Robertson Purdie. M.C Royal Garrison Artillery Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick William Saxton. Herefordshire Regiment Read their Story.

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