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

17th December 1917

On this day:

  • 17th Dec 1917 Snowball Fights

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers relieved   16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers are relieved, and move to Siege Camp for six days. Casualties while in the line are recorded as 1 officer 2/Lt Collings missing, 4 officers wounded, 23 ORs killed, 83 ORs wounded and 10 ORs missing.

  • 21st Londons at Lavieville   The 21st Londons record in their war diary: Day spent in cleaning up generally and in intensive economy at Lavieville where the Battalion are to remain in billets resting until the end of the month. Light training is carried out according to the daily programme, tactical scheme by Brigades under supervision of the Divisional Commander. Work is done as material available, an improvement of accommodation in billets.

    War Diary 21 Londons

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Metz-le-Coutre. Left Metz at 1200 for Etricourt. Billeted in tents at Etricourt.

    War Diaries


    Coy Commanders to carry out sectional training as done on the 14th. Coy Commanders attended lecture in the afternoon at the Theatre ECOIVRES. Subject Corps flank defences.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 17th Dec 1917 Very Cold

  • 17th Dec 1917 In the Trenches

  • 17th Dec 1917 Training

  • 17th Dec 1917 In the Trenches

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John Heslin. Royal Highlanders 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte John White. Northumberland Fusiliers 19th Btn Read their Story.

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